Ashleigh Barty, tennis, Australia
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty defeated Canada’s Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 4-0 to capture the Miami Open title on 3 April 2021. Barty, the world’s top-ranked player, won after Andreescu retired due to injury in the second set.
Ruth Chepngetich, athletics, Kenya
Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich broke the women’s world record in the half marathon with a time of 1:04:02 in Istanbul on 4 April 2021. Chepngetich’s time took 29 seconds off the previous world record set by Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh earlier this year.
Haley Jones, basketball, United States
Stanford forward Haley Jones scored 17 points and recorded eight rebounds and took home Most Outstanding Player honors as the Cardinal defeated Arizona in the NCAA women’s basketball national championship game in San Antonio, Texas, on 4 April 2021. Jones also impressed Stanford’s semifinal win, scoring 24 points against South Carolina.
Jade Jones, taekwondo, Great Britain
Great Britain’s Jade Jones won the third European Taekwondo Championships title of her career after defeating Turkey’s Hatice Kubra Ilgun 20-5 in the women’s under-57 kilograms final. Jones is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the event.
Madison Lilley, volleyball, United States
University of Kentucky setter Madison Lilley, the national player of the year, was named the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament Most Outstanding Player after recording 53 set assists as the Wildcats defeated the University of Texas in four sets in the championship match in Omaha, Neb., on 24 April 2021. It was Kentucky’s first national title in volleyball and also the first for any Southeastern Conference (SEC) team.
Patty Tavatanakit, golf, Thailand
Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit shot an 18-under 270 to capture a 2 stroke victory over New Zealand’s Lydia Ko at the ANA Inspiration in California on 4 April 2021. Tavatanakit’s 18-under score was just one shot shy of Dottie Pepper’s 19-under record held since 1999. She is the first rookie to win the event since American Juli Inkster did so in 1984.