Best of the Weekend: July 15-16

It was a bumper weekend with Grand Slam tennis, major golf, and Formula 1 vying for the attention of sports fans around the world.

FOX Sports Asia rounds up all the weekend’s winners.

Federer the unflappable

Roger Federer lifted a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday after sweeping aside a strangely subdued (and apparently injured) Marin Cilic in straight sets.

Federer did not drop a set over the two weeks as he clinched his second grand slam title of the year and 19th overall.

The scene was then set for an overwhelmed Federer to celebrate on centre court in front of his adoring fans and family, although he later revealed that his young children probably had no idea what was going on.

Maybe he’ll have to just keep coming back until they realise what a legend their father is!

Garbi grabs a second slam

A day earlier it was the turn of Spain’s Garbine Muguruza to celebrate, as she denied another Wimbledon favourite and veteran in Venus Williams the chance for a final bask in the centre court glory.

The 23-year old Spaniard claimed only her fourth career title and her second grand slam after last year’s Roland Garros win.

Even more interesting is that all three of her finals have been against a Williams sister – two against Serena and this one against Venus.

So, if anyone has earned their wins, then Miss Muguruza certainly has.

Hamilton ‘homes’ in on Vettel

After going winless for several races and slipping further and further behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton finally came up trumps this weekend at Silverstone.

Another win – his fifth in front of his adoring British fans – saw him close the gap on Vettel to just one point after the German suffered a puncture on the final lap that meant he could only finish seventh.

The battle now moves on to Hungary in two weeks time.

The sad thing for Hamilton is that this could be the last British Grand Prix for a while unless Silverstone and Liberty media can strike a new deal.

Hamilton, for one, will be hoping that his favourite race and points banker will be back on the F1 calendar in time for next year.

A walk in the Park for Sung Hyun

If you’re going to win, win big! That’s exactly what Sung Hyun Park did on Sunday when she clinched her first ever LPGA Tour title by winning the US Women’s Open – a major.

She did so by firing a spectacular final round of five under par to finish at 11-under.

Park becomes the second player to achieve the feat in the last few weeks after Danielle Kang did the same at the KPMG Women’s PGA earlier this month.

Park edged out an even younger player in compatriot Choi Hye-jin, the 17-year old amateur player finished second, just two shots behind.

Another major surprise!

Dechambeau’s dazzling debut win

On the men’s tour, another player who finished with a flourish to claim a first title was Bryson Dechambeau, who birdied six of his last nine holes to snatch victory at the John Deere Classic in Illinois.

The win makes the Californian the 10th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year.

Dechambeau now gets to make a surprise trip to Royal Birkdale for next weekend’s Open Championship- something he’s obviously very happy about!

Cabrera-Bello collects in Scotland

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello was the winner in Scotland, taking the Scottish Open title after Englishman Callum Shinkwin had a minor meltdown.

Shinkwin needed just a par on the final hole for victory, but fluffed his chip from off the green and then left his par putt agonisingly short, which meant a playoff was necessary.

He put on a repeat performance on the first extra hole, leaving a short putt short and handing victory to Cabrera Bello – the Spaniard’s first in five years on the European Tour.

Some consolation for the 405th ranked Shinkwin is that second place earned him a spot at Royal Birkdale and the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world’s best players.

Ponzinibbio passes Glasgow test

Last but not least, UFC paid a visit to Scotland this weekend with the MMA circus landing in Glasgow.

And it was a night to remember for Argentine welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio, who made short work of the much fancied Conor McGregor clone Gunnar Nelson of Iceland.

Ponzinibbio didn’t waste any time, catching Nelson cold after just 80 seconds of their bout to shatter the Ice-man’s reputation.

He got iced, iced, baby!


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