Indian Wells gets underway & WSL Cup Finalists back in action on International Women's Day
BNP Paribas Open
In women’s tennis the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is back, with World No.1 Iga Swiatek looking to defend her title against a stacked field at the WTA 1000 tournament in the California desert.
Swiatek is in the same quarter as former U.S. Open champions Bianca Andreescu and Emma Raducanu, and 5th seed Caroline Garcia is lined up as a potential quarter final opponent as well.
In round one of the competition today Elise Mertens will go up against Xinyu Wang in a first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour.
27-year-old Mertens arrives at Indian Wells having just reached the semifinal at the WTA Monterrey Open.
The World No.37 is now 10-6 for the season, and she’s enjoyed great success at the BNP Paribas Open, having won the doubles here twice in the last three years.
China’s Xinyu Wang recently reached her career-best ranking at the 65th spot, and she also arrives in California in good form, having reached the semifinal in Hua Hin last month.
You can catch all the action on DAZN, the Tennis Channel and TVA Sports.
FA Women’s Super League
We’ve already spoken about Arsenal Ladies’ epic Continental Cup victory against Chelsea last weekend, and the two sides are back in action today with the drama hotting up the FA Women’s Super League.
The Gunners - currently sitting fourth in the WSL table - will take on a Liverpool side they’ve beaten in all eight of their last competitive meetings, while Chelsea will lock horns with Brighton & Hove Albion.
After winning their sixth League Cup trophy, Arsenal still find themselves five points short of third-placed Chelsea in the league standings. But the Gunners have two games in hand on both Manchester City and Manchester United, meaning the top four spots could look very different this time next week.
Putting the weekend’s disappointment behind them, Chelsea still have a chance to win three competitions this season, with one of them being a fourth consecutive WSL title.
And Emma Hayes's side can gain important ground in the table today with a win against Brighton that would extend their 21 game unbeaten run in front of home fans.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool is broadcast live today at 2:15 p.m. ET on The FA Player and Optus Sport, and Chelsea vs. Brighton kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet NOW, Sportsnet World and The FA Player.