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WGM’s weekend preview

Written by Ben Blaschke

No rest for the wicked! Once again we have a plethora of sport to keep us entertained this weekend and here’s our pick of the action.

The Formula 1 circuit heads to Italy’s famous Monza circuit for what is undoubtedly the most anticipated race in years given the tension currently simmering away in the Mercedes garage. It was two weeks ago at Spa that teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton came together early in the race in an incident that ultimately forced Hamilton out and divided opinions across the F1 fraternity. Needless to say there is no love lost at Mercedes.

With Rosberg currently leading his teammate by 29 points, it will be interesting to see if they are willing to clash again should they find each other in a tight tussle. The other man to keep an eye on his Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Although Monza is the one remaining track that doesn’t look to suit the Red Bulls, if the Australian can manage another strong finish he could be in line to apply some pressure towards the closing stages of the season.

The European football leagues are on hiatus this weekend as the qualifiers begin for Euro 2016 in France. There are a total of 25 qualifiers being played this weekend with the pick being England’s trip to Switzerland and the Netherlands’ visit to the Czech Republic. We like the look of the visitors in both – despite England’s poor showing in Brazil.

The US Open tennis reaches its conclusion this weekend and what a tournament it has been so far! Although Serena Williams looks poised to cruise into yet another grand slam final after beating Flavia Pennetta in their quarter-final today, all eyes will be on the second semi-final where China’s Shuai Peng has reached the final four for the first time. She will face Caroline Wozniacki as the pair shoot for a maiden grand slam title.

In the men’s it looks like we’re on track for another battle between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer although there have been some impressive performers elsewhere with Japan’s Kei Nishikori through to his maiden semi-final following five set wins over Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka.

The race for the FedEx Cup is heating up with two events down and two to go. As we head to Colorado for the BMW Championship this weekend, it is America’s Chris Kirk heading the FedEx standings and in pursuit of the US$10 million first prize ahead of Rory McIlroy, Hunter Mahan, Jimmy Walker and Matt Kuchar.

And we’re getting all fired up here at WGM about snooker’s Shangai Masters which starts on Monday. Last year’s Shanghai Masters signalled the first time two Chinese players had met in the final of a rankings event as Ding Junhui edged out Xiao Guodong 10-6 and we’ll be hoping the pair can put on another great show on home soil again in 2014.

Good luck and good punting.