The Top Five Sporting Moments of 2015

Issy Jones reviews the past year

Having just watched the some what disappointing conclusion of the Australian Open recently, I thought it would be a good time to look back on the top sporting stories of 2015.

Davis Cup Victory

Unlike last month, this was a success for our British favourite Andy Murray. Alongside James Ward, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot and his brother Jamie, the team were successful in claiming the title for Great Britain back in November. Despite our nation having actually won it ten times, none of these occasions have happened since 1936 so this was a fantastic achievement!

Rise of Japanese Rugby

It was an event which shocked rugby fans all over the world. Dubbed the ‘biggest upset in rugby union history’, Japan’s 34-32 defeat over South Africa in the World Cup group stages was a result that nobody could have foreseen. With South Africa’s starting line up totalling 851 caps, it’s no wonder Japan were the 66-1 underdogs! This match is definitely one to remember.

Serena William’s not-so-calendar slam

When Serena won the Australian Open in 2003, she held all four grand slam titles but not in the same calendar year. This amazing feat was pulled off again in 2015, setting herself up for that elusive calendar slam; something which has only been achieved six times in tennis history. What happened next was to be another great sporting upset of 2015 - world number 43 Roberta Vinci knocked the Williams sister out of the semi final of the US Open 2-6 6-4 6-4. Despite this, I’m sure that Serena will continue to smash other records throughout 2016.

Leicester City Losers? You must be mistaken

2015 saw a lot of rather unprecedented change in the Premier League. With Chelsea down at thirteenth in the table and Manchester United fifth, there is no better time for an underdog to up their game. Leicester City stood at bottom of the league table on Christmas Day 2014…Exactly one year on and here they were (and still are!) top of the table. With much of the season still left to go, who knows what could happen!

Lioness Success!

‘Women’s football? What?’ A question I’m glad to say ceased to be heard amongst my friends after June last year. Our women’s football team not only won the bronze medal last summer but they definitely showed our rather shameful men’s squad what to do! It was the second best performance by our English team since the men’s victory in 1966. The result was not only an outstanding achievement but a brilliant publicity boost for women’s sport in general in the UK.

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