Belarus in sporting events: 25-31 January review


Belarus in sporting events: 25-31 January review

The first "Grand Slam" tournament and the first victory. A Belarusian has won the Australian Open. We are talking about the junior tournament, which has become a triumph of Belarus' Vera Lapko. In the title match she defeated Slovak Tereza Mihalikova, 6:3, 6:4. It is interesting that often these girls are playing in the same pair. Their record includes two Grand Slam finals. Now Lapko has another title. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the tennis player on the victory.

As for the senior competition, the usual best among other Belarusian tennis players at the Australian Open was Victoria Azarenka. She easily reached the quarterfinals, destroying everything and everyone in her path. Experts in one voice said that one should be waiting for the Azarenka v Williams final. But German Angelique Kerber had a different opinion. And for the first time in her career she defeated Victoria. But she did not stop even afterwards. The second to fall from her hands was Johanna Konta and then world No1 Serena Williams. Kerber for the first time in her career was the best at a Grand Slam tournament.

HC Dinamo Minsk began, and then two times continued their winning streak in the KHL. Three games - and three wins. The second victory is especially valuable because it was against the current holder of the Gagarin Cup - SKA St. Petersburg. Spartak Moscow were underdogs in their game against Dinamo but they fought bravely and eventually won one point. Dinamo Minsk also played against Togliatti's Lada 3:2 (OT).

The Belarus national handball team played at their best level at the European Championships. Yury Shevtsov's side had difficulties in reaching the second group stage and almost to the last match had a chance to qualify for the Olympic qualifications. However, in the general classification, Belarus became only tenth. Also in Krakow, Belarusians learned World Cup playoffs opponents. Belarus will take on Latvia. The first match will take place in Belarus while the second leg will be played away.

BC Tsmoki Minsk became a step closer to the FIBA Cup playoffs. In the away game the Belarusians defeated Austrian Güssing narrowly 89:88. Thus, the Belarusian club will be competing for the final tickets for the FIBA Cup playoffs in the last round. There is still a risk that Cyprus' AEK may get a playoff spot leaving Tsmoki out of the competition.