The Wisconsin women’s tennis team went into the weekend with the chance to match, if not exceed, its 3-9 conference record from a year ago, but matches against two top-50 teams proved to be the end of that goal.Riding a five-game losing streak going into the weekend, Wisconsin (7-12, 2-9 Big Ten) fell to No. 12 Northwestern (16-6, 10-1) and No. 43 Illinois (13-9, 6-5) to finish its regular season on a 7-game skid.Sunday marked the Badgers’ regular season finale at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison where UW looked to avenge a 5-2 loss to the Illini last season. Wisconsin has not beaten Illinois since 2011.Illinois struck first, taking the doubles point in two close matches by a combined 3 games. The No. 3 doubles pairing of Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider fell 8-7. The No. 1 pairing of Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich followed with an 8-6 loss leaving the No. 2 doubles match unfinished as the Fighting Illini clinched the point.Illinois jumped to a 2-0 lead when Jerricka Boone beat Bailey 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles matchup.Wisconsin picked up its first point of the match when Chypyha took down Allison Falkin 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match, bringing the Badgers within one point of the Illini. With the win, Chyphyha improves to 25-9 overall in singles matches.Illinois and Wisconsin would trade points as the Illini would take the No. 4 singles point and the Badgers would pick up the No. 2 singles point bringing the match to 3-2 mark.The No. 3 singles match proved to be the decisive one as Melissa Kopinski would take down Burich 6-3, 6-1 to give Illinois a 4-2 lead and secure the win over Wisconsin.The Illini would take the No. 4 singles point to bring the final to 5-2, handing the Badgers their seventh-straight loss.In its first match of the weekend, Wisconsin faced a No. 12 Northwestern team that it has taken only two points from in regular season matches since 2004.The Wildcats came to Madison with the No. 34, Veronica Corning, and No. 40, Belinda Niu, ranked singles players and No. 29th –ranked doubles team.Northwestern quickly took the doubles point with 8-3 and 8-2 wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 matchups respectively to take an early 1-0 lead.The Wildcats took the No. 6 singles point first as Nida Hamilton took care of Bailey 6-1, 6-2.Northwestern took the No. 4 singles point next and followed up with a win in the No. 3 matchup to clinch the victory for the away squad.In the No. 1 singles match, Wisconsin’s Chypyha put an early scare into No. 34-ranked Corning taking the first set 4-6. Corning would respond, though, taking the next two sets both by a score of 6-3.Wisconsin would fail to take a match from Northwestern, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 win over the Badgers for the second year in a row.With the regular season slate over, Wisconsin will travel to Evanston, Ill., for the Big Ten Tournament where it will take on No. 6 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers lost a three-way tiebreaker with Illinois and Indiana to take the sixth seed.In the only meeting between the two teams, Minnesota came away with a 4-3 win on its home court. The Golden Gophers come into the conference tournament on a two-game losing skid.Wisconsin will face off with Minnesota Thursday at 2 p.m. The winner will take on No. 3 seed Ohio State. The Badgers fell to the Buckeyes 6-1 in the regular season.
MORE: Kyrie Irving steps up for WNBA players opting out of 2020 seasonIonescu just rolled her ankle pretty hard pic.twitter.com/Ibb0ZTHi2Z— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 31, 2020Sabrina Ionescu was helped off the court after apparently rolling her left ankle. @espnW pic.twitter.com/w08XE82fhN— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 31, 2020New York announced on Twitter that Ionescu left the game with an ankle sprain but didn’t offer any other details on her status. She had scored 10 points in 12 minutes prior to the injury. The Liberty may be without their No. 1 overall pick for quite some time.Sabrina Ionescu had to be helped off the floor after rolling her left ankle in the second quarter of Friday night’s game against the Dream. Ionescu stepped on the foot of Atlanta’s Betnijah Laney near halfcourt and immediately went down in pain. After struggling in her WNBA debut, Ionescu, the top selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft, filled up the stat sheet with 33 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday’s loss to the Wings. She is expected to help turn around a Liberty franchise that finished 10-24 last year and 7-27 in 2018.Ionescu received wishes for a speedy recovery from none other than LeBron James.Ouch!! @sabrina_i20 Get healthy as soon as possible! 🙏🏾. Health is wealth— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 31, 2020Ionescu’s injury only adds to the Liberty’s health problems. New York was already missing All-Star guard Kia Nurse, who was injured in the Liberty’s season opener against the Storm.
Gabri García has lived one of his worst nights as a professional in the many years he has been a technician. The confirmation he received late Monday that he ceased to be the Andorra coach was a real blow to the former player of the Barcelona. And is that Gabri hoped to end the season with the team and then make the appropriate assessments. It is true that Andorra, in Second B, was going through a major slump after four consecutive losses, but was in a comfortable position in his group, which allowed him to still dream of the ‘play offs’, with the peace of mind that they had already added practically the points necessary to stay in the category. Do not forget that Andorra, a club that is owned by Gerard Piqué for less than a year, he had promoted by buying his place of Third to Second B this summer. ACE was able to contact the player, who confirmed the dismissal, as well as his frustration because he considered that his project in Andorra still had a journey. Gabri, who has trained professional teams like the Zion Swiss, made a personal bet, agreeing to train a Second B team and He believes that he has been very unfair to him.In any case, Gabri feels strong to follow and look forward to the future, especially after verifying that friends have not forgotten him. Special illusion has made a message from Xavi Hernández, personal friend from the stage in the base football of Barcelona, and who could count on that of Sallent Looking forward to your future projects.By the way, the new coach of Andorra will be Nacho Castro, coach so far of Horta.