Manchester United 4 West Ham United 0 – Premier League

Manchester United took on West Ham United at Old Trafford in their first league game of the season. The final match of the first weekend of the Premier League season saw the return of Javier Hernandez to Manchester as a West Ham player. Chicharito returned to English football following two years in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen. West Ham paid a reported 16m to bring the Mexican back to the UK. Also making his first competitive appearance for the Irons was Marko Arnautović, signed from Stoke. Two of United’s three new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic made their league debuts for the Reds on Sunday afternoon.


Romelu Lukaku scored a brace on his home debut as Manchester United made a perfect start to the Premier League season.

Lukaku opened the scoring after 22 minutes, latching onto a Marcus Rashford through-ball to place his shot past Joe Hart in the West Ham goal. After good work from new signing Nemanja Matic in midfield, Rashford came away with the ball and fed the Belgian striker for his first Premier League goal in a Red shirt.

Lukaku then added a second, heading in a free kick early in the second half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan whipped in the cross and the striker headed in to extend Manchester United’s lead.

Nemanja Matic put in a great performance on his home debut for Manchester United, following his 40m move from Chelsea. Playing alongside Paul Pogba, who also had a great game, Matic impressed the Old Trafford crowd.

Marcus Rashford hit the post in the second half, while Marko Arnautovic hit the bar for the Irons before the Reds added a third.

Anthony Martial came off the bench to score, after another Henrikh Mkhitaryan assist. The Armenian midfielder played in Martial for a one on one with Joe Hart and the Frenchman made no mistake in placing his shot past the English international goalkeeper.

Paul Pogba added a fourth from outside the box late on to seal a comfortable opening day victory for the Reds. The Frenchman ran through midfield and placed a curling shot past Joe Hart.


Manchester United now head to South Wales to play Swansea next weekend, looking to sustain momentum after an opening day win at Old Trafford.

Wimbledon – Thursday 6th July 2017

Dimitrov, Radwanska, Muguruza, Raonic and Wozniacki are all into the third round at Wimbledon. The big names playing on courts 2 all went through on Day 4 of the Championships.

The first match on court 2 saw 2014 Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. This was a repeat of the 2015 Australian Open 3rd round classic. Dimitrov won on that occasion in the fifth. And today once again the Bulgarian prevailed, but this time winning in straight-sets. Dimitrov dropped just five games in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 routine win.

World number 10 and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Aga Radwanska faced America’s Christina McHale in her second round match. After a tough year, the Pole is finding some form on the grass, coming through against McHale after three hours. Radwanska saved match points in the second set tie-break going onto the level the match before taking the final set 6-3.

Over on court 3, 2015 finalist Garbiñe Muguruza reached the third round beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. The Spanish number 1 took the first set 6-2 before winning a tougher second set 6-4. Former Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez is helping Muguruza this week in the absence of Sam Sumyk. As Spain’s Fed Cup captain, Martinez has good knowledge of Muguruza’s game and this is clearly helping the 2016 French Open Champion this week.

While back in the men’s second round, last year’s finalist Milos Raonic played Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the third match of the day on court 2. The Russian took the first set 6-3. But, the big-serving Canadian went through in four, winning the last three sets 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 7-5.

Two-time US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki played Bulgaria’s 2010 Wimbledon Semi-Finalist Tsvetana Pironkova in the final match of the day on court 2. The fifth seed from Denmark reached the third round after a 6-3, 6-4 win in fading light, just before sunset at Wimbledon.

WTA Birmingham – Thursday 22nd June 2017

Garbiñe Muguruza and Kiki Mladenovic won on day 4 of the main draw at the Aegon Classic. But British number 1 Jo Konta and world number 5 Elina Svitolina got knocked out in the second round.

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Elina Svitolina opened the day on centre court. The world number 5 lost to Camila Giorgi in 3 sets. The number 2 seed lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to the Italian qualifier.


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Spanish number 1 Garbiñe Muguruza beat American Alison Riske in straight sets. A 6-1, 6-4 win took Muguruza through to Friday’s Quarter-Finals. It will be the Spaniard’s first appearance in the last eight in Birmingham.


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Kiki Mladenovic beat China’s Shuai Zhang 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to reach the Quarter Finals in Birmingham. France’s number 1 set up a last eight match against Petra Kvitova.


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While in the doubles over on court 1, Garbiñe Muguruza’s second match of the day ended in defeat. Aussie pair Barty and Dellacqua beat Muguruza and Cibulkova 6-3, 6-1.


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The final match of the day saw British number 1 Jo Konta go out to American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-3. Now coached by Aussie former Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash, Vandeweghe comfortably beat Konta to set up at last eight match against Garbiñe Muguruza.

WTA Birmingham – Wednesday 21st June 2017

Petra Kvitova continued her successful comeback by beating Brit Naomi Broady in straight sets at the Aegon Classic Birmingham.

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Daria Gavrilova won the first match on centre court on Wednesday after almost two and half hours. The Aussie ninth seed beat Czech Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Quarterfinals.


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Petra Kvitova then beat Brit Naomi Broady 2 and 2. The two time Wimbledon champion played a great match, giving Broady no chance of mounting a comeback.


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Next up was another Czech, in eighth seed Barbara Strycova who lost in three sets to Ash Barty of Australia.


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Heather Watson and Broady finished the day on court 1, with a doubles match against Christina McHale, who partnered Watson in Nottingham last week and Raquel Atawo. The American pair won through in the Champions Tiebreak 10-7, after sharing the first two sets 6-2.

Aegon Open Nottingham – Thursday 15th June 2017

British number 1 Jo Konta reached the quarter-finals of the Aegon Open after a comfortable win over doubles partner Yanina Wickmayer. While in the WTA Doubles Heather Watson, playing alongside Christina McHale, reached the semi-finals, to the loss of just one game.

After racing into a 4-0 lead, Konta fought off a Wickmayer comeback, to take the first set 6-4.

The second set was far easier for the world number 8, as Konta took the set 6-1 and the match. Konta now plays Australian Ash Barty in the Quarter-Finals.

While over on court 1, British number 2 Heather Watson reached the WTA Doubles Semi-Finals with Christine McHale. Watson and McHale beat the American pair of Lauren Davis and Alison Riske 6-1, 6-0 to easily reach the semis.

The longest match of the day came in the WTA second round. When after two and a half hours Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova beat the American Alison Riske 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 on centre court.

In the ATP Challenger event, the Aussie who is returning from injury, Sam Groth took on Brit Brydan Klein. The big-serving Groth sealed a straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to reach the men’s Quarter-Finals.

While finally, in the first match of the day on centre court, the number 2 seed from Romania, Marius Copil saw off Reilly Opelka from the USA, 6-3, 7-6.

Aegon Open Nottingham – Wednesday 14th June 2017

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson were both in doubles action on Day 3 of the main draw at the WTA Nottingham and ATP Challenger Nottingham events.

Donna Vekic played Julia Boserup in the first match of the day on court 1 in the WTA Singles 2nd Round.

Vekic won 6-3, 6-4 to go through to the Quarter-Finals.

Sergiy Stakhovsky was next on court in the ATP Challenger event. He beat fellow Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 6-4, 7-6.

Heather Watson and Christina McHale then played doubles against Mona Barthel and Anastasija Sevastova.

Watson and McHale won 7-6, 3-6 and 10-8 in a champions tie-break. While Jo Konta also won her doubles match and Lloyd Glasspool won in the men’s challenger to make it a good day for British tennis.

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 – Premier League

Juan Mata arrives at Old Trafford with his girlfriend after being rested for the Europa League Final in Stockholm on Wednesday 24th May.

Mata therefore had time to sign autographs for fans and pose for photos before the game.

Fellow Spaniard, David De Gea arrives after also getting the day off, with the Portuguese Joel Pereira starting for the first time in goal.

Jose Mourinho handed debut starts to Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop as most first team players were rested ahead of the Europa League Final.

Of the first team players, only Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney started. While Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick were on the bench.

Pogba and Lingard both played 44 minutes each, coming off for Carrick and Martial just before half time. While Blind stayed on the bench as he prepares to start the final at centre-back.

Debutant Josh Harrop opened the scoring fifteen minutes in, after running onto a Pogba through-ball. Harrop cut into the box and placed a shot into the far corner past Wayne Hennessey.

Just four minutes later, Pogba himself added a second. After Tim Fosu-Mensah won the ball in midfield, Jesse Lingard took his time to play in the Frenchman who capitalised on a Palace mistake to slot home. Pogba went off to a standing ovation having both scored and assisted during his 44 minute appearance.

Palace’s top scorer Christian Benteke hit the post with a header in the second half. While Joel Pereira made a good save from a Luka Milivojevic free kick to preserve a clean sheet on his first start for the reds.

Later on, 16-year-old Angel Gomes replaced Wayne Rooney to become the days fifth debutant. The diminutive Gomes still had time to show off his ability despite only playing five minutes.

Manchester United closed their domestic season with a comfortable 2-0 win and finished with a lap of honour.

Marcos Rojo made an appearance on crutches, following successful knee surgery recently.

While Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Sergio Romero had time to take photos with family members after being rested.

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Manchester United now head to Stockholm to face Ajax for the Europa League, plus qualification for next season’s UEFA Super Cup and Champions League.