Sport highlights of the weekend

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By Karan Gadhia – Deputy Sports Editor


Coming up, we take a look at another weekend packed full of sporting action.

From the Champions League final to the French Open (tennis), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Champions League final (Saturday 19:45)

Cross-city rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet in the final of the Champions League in a repeat of the 2014 showpiece event.

On that night, Real secured a record 10th European Trophy with a 4-1 win on aggregate but since then they have beaten Diego Simeone’s side just once in their last 10 attempts.

Zinedine Zidane has some injury concerns with defender Raphael Varane out with a thigh injury and Cristiano Ronaldo also had an injury scare in training but insists he will play in the final.

Both sides performed extremely well in La Liga this year pushing Barcelona all the way but despite their good seasons, one of these two talented sides will end the season trophy less.

Aviva Premiership final (Saturday 15:00)

After finishing in the top four spots in the league, Saracens and Exeter Chiefs meet in the Premiership final at Twickenham.

The Chiefs beat Wasps by 34-23 to reach their first ever Premiership final whilst Saracens are in their third successive Premiership final after winning 44-17 against Leicester Tigers.

Saracens come into this match full of confidence after winning the European Champions Cup and will aim to be the first English side since Wasps in 2004 to secure a European and domestic double.

However, the European Cup Champions could be without Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farell who both went off injured against Leicester.

French Open (Friday-Sunday)

The French Open, one of four Grand Slams in the tennis calendar has already provided lots of excitement in the opening rounds.

Andy Murray came into the tournament after recently winning the Rome Masters but has been in shocking form in the opening two rounds needing five sets in both matches.

Defending champion, Stan Wawrinka also laboured to a five-set victory in the opening round of the tournament whilst Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori are yet to drop a set.

In the women’s draw, 5th seed Victoria Azarenka crashed out of the 1st round of the tournament, losing to world number 58 Kiki Bertens whilst Victoria Azarenka had to pull out with a thigh injury.

Monaco Grand Prix (Sunday 13:00)

After their cars collided in the 1st lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes will be hoping for better team cohesion to continue their recent dominance of the sport.

Nico Rosberg still leads the Drivers’ Championship standings but his teammate and current champion, Lewis Hamilton languishes in 3rd place behind Kimi Raikkonen.

Raikkonen and his Ferrari teammate, Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to push Mercedes all the way but will also have to be wary of the recent rise of Red Bull.

Max Verstappen who was promoted to the team at the expense of Daniel Kyvat, made history in Barcelona by becoming the youngest ever winner of a Formula One Grand Prix.

PGA Championship (Friday-Sunday)

Despite some big names dropping out of the event, the PGA Championship is the flagship event of the European Tour and promises to be an exciting few days of golf.

The event has been held at Wentworth since 1985 which contains one of the most prestigious courses in the world – the West Course.

Danny Willett is the favourite this year after winning the Masters and continuing his good form in recent events but he will be pushed all the way by Lee Westwood who has finished as the runner-up of the course twice.

World number 85 Scott Hend and South Korea’s Y E Yang hold the clubhouse lead after finishing on seven under par at the end of day one with Willett just one shot behind in 3rd.

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