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Top Stories Concerning Women This Week: 21 June

Here’s a quick roundup of this week’s top stories concerning women.

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Women all over are breaking the stereotype ceiling with a positive contribution in their respective fields. Recently, the Indian crypto market saw a rise in the number of women investors, making it clear that women are no longer strangers to the financial investment world. Let’s see in-detail stories concerning women this week.

1. Kaylee McKeown smashes world record in women’s 100m backstroke

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown sets a new world record in women’s 100 m backstroke at the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide. She completed the race in just 57.45 seconds and dedicated her win to her father. With this win, she is expected to qualify for the 200m backstroke event. She broke the previous record of 57.57 seconds set by America’s Regan Smith at the 2019 world championship.

2. Rise in women investors in the Indian crypto market

After the clarification of the Supreme Court over the legality of the asset class in the year 2020, there has been a significant rise in the number of women investors in the Indian crypto market. CoinSwitch Kuber, a cryptocurrency platform, saw a rise in the number of women user registrations last year. The reason behind this positive change is believed to be the increasing importance of financial independence for women. Earlier, tech and finance areas were believed to be men’s arena, but the recent change proved this assumption wrong.

3. Ons Jabeur becomes first Arab women to win the WTA title

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur made history on Sunday when she became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title, beating Russian Daria Kasatkina in the final of the grasscourt event in Birmingham. She defeated Daria Kasatkina in a straight-set by 7-5, 6-4. The match lasted for almost one and a half hour. With this win, the 26-year-old Jabeur has now won 28 matches on Tour this year and ranks alongside former world number one Ashleigh Barty, who also has won 28.

4. Shuttler Malvika Bansod wins RSL Lithuanian International title

Indian Shuttler Malvika Bansod clinches the women’s singles crown at the RSL Lithuanian International tournament. She defeated Ireland’s Rachael Darragh in the finals by a straight-set 21-14, 21-11. The match lasted for just 29 minutes. In the opening round of this tournament, she defeated local player Vilte Paulauskaite by 21-6, 21-10. While to reach the women’s singles final, she saw off France’s Anna Tatranova by 21-13, 21-10.

5. Liudmila Samsonova wins her first WTA title

Qualifier Liudmila Samsonova claims her first WTA title by defeating Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in Berlin. She won the final by 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. In the decider set, she builds enough pressure over Bencic to convert her third set into a win. Previously, she stunned former world number one Victoria Azarenka to reach the Berlin WTA grass court final. On the other side, Belinda Bencic reaches the finals by defeating Cornet in the semi-final.

6. India name 8 debutants in women’s hockey squad for Tokyo Olympics

On June 17, 2021, India listed eight Olympic debutants in its 16-member women’s hockey squad for the Tokyo Games which is going to start on July 23, 2021. Star striker Rani Rampal will lead the team. The eight Olympic debutants include drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, Udita, Nisha, Neha, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Lalremsiami, the first player hailing from Mizoram in the team, and Salima Tete.

While the eight experienced players who were previously part of the last Olympics include Savita, Rani, Nikki Pradhan, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Deep Grace Ekka and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam. These eight players have a total experience of 1492 caps with them. This will be the third arrival for the Indian women’s hockey team at the Olympic Games and their second successive outing.

7. Sneh Rana Scripts All-Round Record in her Debut

Sneh Rana became the first Indian woman and fourth overall to have both a 50+ score and a 4+wicket haul on Test debut on the fourth day match against England. She remained unbeaten on 80, in 154 balls forming her partnership with Tania Bhatia. On June 19, Indian women team all-rounder Sneh Rana created an exclusive record. In her debut, she became India’s pride and scripts a brilliant all-around record.

8. First women to guard the Nanda Devi forest at 14500 feet

25-year-old Roshni Negi, 32-year-old Durga Sati, and 33-year-old Mamta Kanwasi have become the first women to guard the forests surrounding the second highest peak in the country. Women forest guards were restricted in the Laata region of Nanda Devi Forest, 11450 feet above sea level. On June 1, 2021, the trio trekked to Bhelta, 11800 feet high and then to Laata, 12800 feet high. These three women have become the first in the country to guard the forests situated at 14,500 feet above sea level in Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand. The trio proved that women are no longer left behind.

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Written by Swati Mor

Pursuing her doctorate studies, Swati always looks for unexplored potential in different genres and love to pen down her thoughts. She also enjoys reading about gadgets, technologies, historical art and culture.

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