Sportz Shortz

Sportz Shortz, June 28th, 2014

Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

For decades now, tennis has been the great equalizer among sports. Female competitors receive as much media coverage—in some cases, more coverage—than their male counterparts, and tennis remains to be the only competitive athletic in which a woman can hope to earn as much as a man. So is it the money that legitimizes the sport in the media? A more in-depth analysis offers a historical perspective to consider alongside the financials.

NWSL

NWSL pioneers Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow Cone, and Joy Fawcett, largely credited with popularizing soccer in the US, are using their fame to spread word about the developmental dangers of heading for young players.

Seattle’s reign continues uninterrupted, as Jess Fishlock and Sydney Leroux push onward in fierce defense of the team’s coveted top position.

Golf

Michelle Wie seizes her long awaited major LPGA title, sweeping the Women’s Open after a remarkable 25 foot birdie putt.

Softball

Stanford junior Jessica Plaza joins the U.S. Women’s National Team after a standout season with a perfect fielding percentage.

Hockey

Boston Blades’ defender Anne Schleper looks forward to the CWHL’s possible expansion within the US, a development that would signify an incredible increase in the opportunities available for female American players.

WNBA

Despite its belated arrival, proponents of the WNBA’s Pride campaign anticipate the message of acceptance and inclusivity will provide positive incentives for young fans.

Ballots are open for the 2014 WNBA All-Stars, with 2013 Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne and 2013 WNBA Finals MVP Maya Moore quickly becoming star candidates.

MMA

 PHOTOCREDIT Anne Marie Sorvin USA Today Sports

Valerie Letourneau strikes and jabs her way to her very first UFC win in a 29-28 split victory over bantamweight replacement Elizabeth Phillips.

Global

Tennis

The 7-5, 6-2 defeat that knocked  American Taylor Towsend out of Wimbledon may have briefly halted her spectacular ascent, but the eighteen-year-old rising star is optimistic about her future athletic pursuits. “My body is a total gift,” she says. Amen.

PHOTOCREDIT Reuters

Wimbledon veterans Venus Williams and Li Na hold nothing back as the games afoot in London see an early tilt in favor of the resident seniors.

Sania Mirza, India’s top tennis player and current Wimbledon competitor, talks rising above colorism and the future of women’s athletics on the sub-continent.

About the author

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain is a Chicago born writer and committed pedestrian earning her Fiction Writing BFA from Columbia College Chicago. When not hoofing it around town on foot, she allocates a significant amount of time to practicing melt-into-your-mat yoga and dancing to cardio videos which in no way make her look dorky. She aspires to one day learn to ride a bike.

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