Diaries at the ready, we’ve got a host of dates for you to pen in the calendar.
2017 was a big year for women’s sport, with cricket, rugby and football all making headlines, and creating one of the most successful years that we’ve seen in women’s sport. 2018 looks to be no different, with a long list of exciting events coming up and plenty being held right here in the UK. Here’s a snapshot for you.
Australian Open – 15th January
Last year’s tournament winner - Serena Williams - recently pulled out of the Australian Open leaving the top spot open for the taking. Since last year’s event, Serena has taken some time out whilst having her first baby in September 2017. Tune in to see Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all battle it out for the title.
UK Coverage of the tournament can be found on Eurosport with the BBC usually broadcasting the final. The Women’s final will take place on Saturday 27th January at 8.30am (UK time).
Netball Quad Series – 20th January
The Netball Quad series starts on January 20th in London, where you can watch South Africa take on World Champions Australia, and Quad Series champions New Zealand take on England’s Roses. It will be the last game the Roses play before heading to the Commonwealth Games in April.
Sky Sports will be broadcasting the Quad series. Tickets to the matches can be found through England Netball’s website here.
UK Cycling National Track Championships – 26th January
Held in the Cycling Centre in Manchester, Britain’s emerging generation of talented riders take on established members of the Great Britain Cycling Team for the honour of being crowned national champion. Further info here.
Women’s Six Nations Rugby – 2nd February
The tournament starts in Colwyn Bay in Wales, with the first match between the Welsh and Scottish teams (for the full fixtures list click here). Following a record-breaking 2017, and the huge success from the women’s World Cup results (well done ladies!), we’ll certainly be tuning in again for big things in this increasingly popular sport.
Winter Olympics – 9th February
Expect to be amazed by the best competitive winter sport athletes in the world, held this year in PyeongChang, South Korea. We’re also quite excited that Norway and the Norwegian Olympic Team’s Curling Pants have once again made it into the competition. This is not a joke.
Coverage can be found on BBC and Eurosport.
Gymnastics World Cup – 21st March
Another event to land on British soil - the international tournament will be held in Birmingham this year. Expect many awe-inspiring moments across floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, uneven bars and beams (and plenty of opportunities for us to wish we were that flexible). Watch out for Claudia Fragapane, who’s looking to beat her 2017 bronze medal floor performance this year.
Commonwealth Games – 4th April
A bit further afield, the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland in Australia. There are a few too many sports to list here, so we recommend visiting the website and make sure to follow updates with the hashtags #sharethedream and #GC2018 to see who’s been selected to compete this year.
All coverage of the games will be on the BBC.
London Marathon – 22nd April
The annual race returns this coming April for another 26 miles of pavement pounding. We’ll be watching to see whether Mary Keitany is able to hold the top spot for another year. Also, 2017 saw the highest amount of applicants in history from female runners with 43% of all entrants submitted by women – round of applause to you!
FA Cup Final – 5th May
Another record-breaker of 2017 was the amount of attendees to the women’s FA Cup Final which saw Manchester City and Birmingham City go head to head – almost 40,000 people attended the game and watched Manchester beat Birmingham 4-1 to take the title. This year’s match will be held at Wembley Stadium on the 5th of May.
Coverage to be shown on the BBC. Tickets can be purchased here.
Henley Women’s Regatta – 22nd June
Held on the River Thames, the HWR sees around 1,500 women travel from all over the world to compete in this annual event. The regatta includes female competitors from elite through to junior and celebrates its 31st year running in 2018.
Tickets aren’t necessary to attend the event and spectators are welcome along the length of the course. You can read more on the event here.
Wimbledon – 2nd July
Crack open the Pimm’s – Wimbledon returns on the 2nd of July. We’ll be watching to see if Muguruza can hold the women’s title for a second year after beating Venus Williams in 2017.
Coverage to be shown on the BBC.
La Course Women’s Cycling – 17th July
This year sees a shortened race for the female riders, after event organisers controversially decided in October 2017 to revert from holding the race over two days to a single day event. You only need to search the hashtag #lacourse on Twitter to find reactions from disappointed female cyclists and fans. Created in 2014, La Course was established to run alongside the Tour De France giving female cyclists their own race, providing winners their own place in the spotlight and greater opportunity for media coverage of female cyclists.
Women’s Hockey World Cup – 21st July
Following their incredible success and historic gold medal at the Rio Olympics, Britain’s women’s hockey team became household names and did amazing work encouraging more to take up the sport. Lots of fresh, new faces have joined the team which will battle it out alongside 16 world class teams in the World Cup, which comes to London for the first time this summer.
The matches will be played at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. BT Sport will be showing the semi-finals and final.
Women’s Golf – British Open – 2nd August
Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club hosts the Ricoh Women’s British Open for a fifth time this year. Keep an eye out for England’s Georgia Hall who had her best finish in a major championship at last years open, finishing in tied third place.
No tickets are required for access to the event.
Women’s World Twenty20 Cricket – 3rd November
Britain’s team will head out to the West Indies for the Women’s World T20, the shortest form of international women’s cricket. They were semi-finalists in 2016 so can they go one step further and secure the title this year?