The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“I’m officially a fan.”
— Serena Williams, speaking for all of us, about teenage tennis sensation Bianca Andreescu and her post-game pep talk.
The GIST: Amidst the gender equity conversation that has been further highlighted following the incredibly successful FIFA Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) released a letter on Monday claiming that the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) have been paid more than the men’s national team (USMNT) in salaries and game bonuses in recent years.
The GIST: Yesterday, 19-year-old Mississauga native Bianca Andreescu won the Rogers Cup, becoming the first Canadian to win the tournament since 1969! Bryan Adams must be so happy.
AMAZING! Tell me everything: After a week of tough matches (and months of recovering from a shoulder injury), Andreescu faced off against Serena Williams in yesterday’s final.
Unfortunately, the match never really had a chance to get off the ground. After only 19 minutes, Williams called for a medical timeout (at this point, Andreescu was leading 3–1) and ended up retiring with a back injury.
Wait… was Serena injured before the match?:Kind of. According to reports, she had started to feel back spasms Saturday night during her semifinal victory.
But she wanted this win BADLY. Since returning to tennis in March 2018 after giving birth to her daughter in September 2017, Serena has already reached three grand slam finals but has yet to win a tournament. A win was so close for her it hurt (literally).
So, how did it all end?:Well, Serena was visibly upset for having to retire (can you blame her?). So in a heartwarming moment that you don’t often get to see on the tennis court, Andreescu went over to Williams for a hug anda little chat. Andreescu praised and consoled Williams, and the two even talked about their matching tattoos (so cool). We loved to see this sportsmanship from a young Canadian, andso did Serena.
With the win, Andreescu made history and is now ranked a career-high 14th in the world. She's also undefeated in her career against top-10 players. Did we mention she’s barely 19? This one has a bright future.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for poutine
The GIST: Meanwhile, the men’s final took place yesterday afternoon in Montreal, where world No. 2 Rafael Nadal (who, FYI, posted the cutest Instagram of the tournament) won his fifth Rogers Cup.
Nadal played Daniil (pronounced Da-NEEL) Medvedev, an up-and-comer from Russia. It was Medvedev’s second consecutive ATP final (he lost to annoyingAussie Nick Kyrgios in the Citi Open final last week), but unfortunately for him, he was playing against a legend yesterday and lost in straight sets, 6–3 and 6–0.
Nadal, who won his first Rogers Cup 14 years ago, has now won the second-most behind another tennis legend, Ivan Lendl. This was Nadal’s third ATP win of 2019, and 83rd of his career. Where do you even keep that many trophies?
What’s up next in tennis?: The Western & Southern Open has started in Cincinnati. This is the last big warm-up before the US Open (the final grand slam tournament of the season) starts on August 25. Expect to see Andreescu and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty on the women’s side and the big three (Nadal, Roger Federer, and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic) on the men’s side.
The GIST: This past weekend, the PGA’s first playoff event of the season saw the top golfers in the world face off in The Northern Trust tournament. Everyone’s favourite golf villain, Patrick Reed, took home the trophy in a close finish.
Playoffs in golf?: Yup. Playoffs in professional golf is a relatively new concept by sports standards. The FedExCup is the PGA’s championship trophy (i.e. the Stanley Cup of golf), and this will be its 13th season in existence. The first FedExCup was won by Tiger Woods(because of course) in 2007.
Because golf can’t feature a fair head-to-head or elimination playoff system like in most sports, they use a cumulative points system over the season and a three-event playoff. Players can earn points in any PGA event throughout the regular season, and the top 125 players in the FedExCup standings play in the first playoff event, The Northern Trust.
The top 70 finishers from The Northern Trust will now move on to the BMW Championship, which starts on Thursday. The top 30 from there will play in the final event of the season: The TOUR Championship. This event usually happens in September, but the PGA moved the playoffs to August this year, so they won’t have to compete with NFL Sundays (and we won’t have to decide which to watch).
Another big (and we mean BIG) change to this year’s playoffs is the prize money. The bonus money pool (playoff winnings are considered bonuses and don’t count towards a golfer’s career earnings) increased from last season’s $35 million to $70 million USD, and the winner of the TOUR Championship will take home a whopping $15 million. Um, where do we sign up?
Back to yesterday. What about that close finish?: Reed took the tournament with a 16 under par cumulative score, and Abraham Ancer of Mexico was right on his heels, coming in a close second with -15.
No more fun and Games
The GIST: The Pan Am Games are officially over. In the end, Team Canada finished with the third-most medals (behind the USA and Brazil): 35 gold, 64 silver and 53 bronze, for a total of 152 medals. We couldn’t be more proud!
Along with earning medals, our Canadian athletes set some records in the last few days, too. On Friday, Brittany Crew set a Canadian record with her silver medal performance in the women’s shot put. Saturday saw Geneviève Lalondewin gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase and Marco Arop win the men’s 800m run, with both setting Pan Am records. Thatta be, Canada!
Ellie Black, winner of five medals in these Pan Am Games and all-around gymnast champ, carried the flag for Canada in last night’s closing ceremonies.
What’s next for our national treasures?: Just 346 days to go until the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.
What's up this week
Today to Wednesday: The Blue Jays will play a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. After Vladdy’s triple on Saturday and a standing ovation for his 13-pitch at-batyesterday, we just can’t get enough. Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m. ET.
Wednesday: WNBA superstar Brittney Griner is back on the court for the Phoenix Mercury after being one of six players ejected on Saturday night in the game against the Dallas Wings. The Mercury play the Connecticut Sun at 10 p.m. ET.
One. More. Week. The CP Women’s Open golf tournament is going down August 19th to 25th, at the stunning Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario. This tournament is your best bet to watch the pro golfer with the most wins in Canadian history — yes, we’re talking Brooke Henderson — on home soil with a chance to defend her title. Sound epic? That’s because she is. Get more on Henderson’s story here.
Tickets are available for as little as $20, and if you want to take your family, kids under 12 are admitted for free and youth aged 13 to 17 receive a discount. Purchase your tickets here and use code GIST19 for 15% off any grounds tickets!
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