This weekend the Wisconsin Women’s Tennis Team was matched up with the University of Iowa and finally stole a “w.” The team was hoping for a victory to finish out this season after suffering through a seven-match losing streak.Pulling off this win allowed the Badgers to finish the season on a high note. This win came at a 4–1 margin over Iowa, who are 2–9 in the Big Ten and 10–14 overall. The Badger’s record for the season is 3–8 in the Big Ten and 9–14 overall.Wisconsin was off to a good start by winning the doubles point, which is one of the two victories necessary for forming an upset. Wisconsin’s No. 1 doubles pair, junior Sara Castellano and freshman Lexi Keberle defeated the No. 63 duo in the nation 6–3, gaining Wisconsin’s first point in the match.Softball: Badgers finish off Boilermakers at home Sunday to win seriesThe University of Wisconsin Softball Team (22–17, 6–6 Big Ten) played host to Purdue (13–34, 4–10 Big Ten) in a Read…The No. 2 doubles slot, consisting of sophomore Melissa Pick and freshman MaryAnn Rompf, also snatched a victory, by defeating their opponents 6–2.In the singles competition, Iowa was able to even up the match 1–1, defeating freshman MaryAnn Rompf 6–1, 6–4. However, the Badgers luckily bounced back thanks to the victories of Castellano, Pick and sophomore Michelle Linden, which ultimately resulted in the Badgers gaining back four points.Pick secured the first victory, defeating Iowa’s Adorabol Huckleby 6–0, 6–2. Michelle Linden immediately followed with another victory winning in straight sets. She quickly defeated her opponent sophomore Adrienne Jensen 6–3, 6–1. To close out the season, Castellano pulled out a victory 7–6, 6–1 against Iowa’s Zoe Douglas.Reflecting on this season overall, it is clear that the Badgers most definitely have some work to do in order to be more successful next year.
At lunchtime Serena Williams plays Kiki Bertens while Garbine Muguruza takes on Samantha Stosur.Later in the afternoon in the men’s semi finals Stan Wawrinka takes on Andy Murray while Novak Djokovic faces Dominic Thiem.
Kwabena Yeboah wants controversial midfielder Sulley Muntari back in the Black Stars setup.The Milan player has been on an indefinite suspension since the infamous fiasco in Brazil where Ghana’s World Cup campaign degenerated into a farce. The player had been embroiled in fisticuffs with a Ghana FA official.But the veteran broadcaster feels it’s time for the experience of the 30-year old.”Sulley is one of the most consistent players we have hard in the past, and I think that if somebody deserves to play again Sulley should be considered.”But his return, should it happen, would divide popular opinion as many feel the player’s famous temper remains a problem. Yeboah however feels that midfielder’s service to the country in the last decade must count for something. “He has never turned his back on the Black Stars. he has been loyal through thick and thin and I don’t see why he is still not in this team,” the broadcaster told Accra-based Happy FM. Spurned chance?Sulley has had the chance to publicly apologize for the incidents in South America through the work of the 2014 World Cup Commission led by Justice Senyo Dzamefe.But all attempts to get his side of the story have proved futile.Speaking to the state-owned Graphic Sports newspaper last December, a member of the Commission, Moses Foh Amoaning, said his outfit had tried engaging Muntari via Skype, but the player had declined the request. saying he [Muntari] did not have access to the Skype facility. Foh Amoaning also said the Commission had spoken with Muntari’s father to persuade his son to co-operate – all to avail. Grant’s viewShould Muntari return soon, it will be Avram Grant who would have to work with the player.The Isaeli’s view on the matter is clear, having told the media at his unveiling that he was keen to talk to Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng (who is also on indefinite suspension), or any other Ghanaian player so long as the players accepted his tenets at all times.He said in December: “I think when you are going into a new situation you don’t need to look at the past. You need to look for a new beginning, but to see the good things and the bad things from the past and learn the things that we can do better.”But the Ghana FA, on their part, have stated on several platforms their openness to forgive the player, but only if he shows public remorse for his actions. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith