Good Week/Bad Week

We review the last week in the sporting world and pick out the winners and losers

By Stephen Pass.   Last Updated: 10/06/13 3:34pm

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Sebastian Vettel: Celebrates his GP win with two Canadian Mounties

Sebastian Vettel: Celebrates his GP win with two Canadian Mounties

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Another seven days in the world of sport has thrown up another batch of heroes and villains for us to analyse.

The start of cricket's ICC Champions Trophy, the tennis French Open and Formula One's Canadian GP have been just some of the sporting events taking place over the last week.

Check out our take on the pick of last week's storylines.

Good Week

Sebastian Vettel

The German ace broke his and Red Bull's Canadian GP duck with a dominant pole-to-flag success to put himself on course for a fourth successive drivers' title.

Starting on pole, Vettel romped away into the distance to finish 15 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso.

He lapped all but the top five in the process over the course of the 70 laps.

Vettel now leads the World Championship by 36 points from Alonso, while Red Bull are 56 points ahead of nearest pursuers Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship.

Rafael Nadal

Rafa Nadal: eighth French Open title

The undisputed 'King of Clay' claimed an historic eighth French Open title after defeating David Ferrer.

In a one-sided encounter, the Spaniard triumphed 6-3 6-2 6-3 over his compatriot to make it 59 wins out of 60 matches at Roland Garros.

The victory also saw Nadal move past Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver in the overall Grand Slam titles table, with the Spaniard in a tie for third with Roy Emerson on 12 major titles, behind only Pete Sampras (14) and Roger Federer (17).

But Nadal did not have things all his own way during the tournament, just edging past world No.1 Novak Djokovic in an epic 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7 semi-final victory.

Serena Williams

French Open women's final 2013

Staying with the French Open, women's world No. 1 Serena Williams claimed her second title at Roland Garris following a gap of 11 years.

The American, who had previously triumphed in 2002, claimed a 6-4 6-4 victory over defending champion Maria Sharapova.

The victory also extended her winning streak to 31 consecutive matches, although, like Nadal, she had to overcome a stern test on the way to the final.

Williams dropped a set against former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at the quarter-final stage and trailed 0-2 in the decider. She fought off two break points that would have seen her slip to 0-3 and won six of the last seven games to secure victory.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome: Dauphine victory

The British rider claimed the biggest win of his career with victory at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Team-mate Richie Porte finished second, 58 seconds behind, to clinch Team Sky's second consecutive one-two victory in the race, replicating Sir Bradley Wiggins and Michael Rogers' feat of 2012.

The victory was Froome's fourth stage race success of the season and augers well as he attempts to win the Tour de France later this summer.

Froome finished second behind Wiggins at the 2012 Tour de France but will lead Team Sky's challenge this year when the race get under way in Corsica on June 29.

Phil Taylor

The world No.1 averaged more than 100 throughout the UK Open as he picked up a record fifth success in the event, seeing off fellow Stoke thrower Andy Hamilton 11-4 in Sunday's final.

The Power did not have things all his own way though, with Brendan Dolan missing three darts to beat Taylor 9-7 at the last-16 stage.

Taylor went on to shade the contest 9-8 - finishing with an 11-darter - before seeing-off in-form Michael van Gerwen 10-7 in the quarters and Peter Wright 10-5 in the semis.

His exploits in Bolton earned Taylor £40,000 and ensure he continues to set the standards for his younger rivals.

Bad Week

Stuart Pearce: Saw his side crash out of the European Under-21 Championship

England U21s

Stuart Pearce's side endured a miserable European Under-21 Championship, crashing out of the tournament after just two games.

The young Lions lost their Group A opener 1-0 to Italy, with a second-half free-kick by Lorenzo Insigne enough to separate the sides.

Then in their crucial second clash with Norway, England lost 3-1, with goals from Fredrik Semb Berge, Jo Inge Berget and Magnus Eikrem doing the damage, although Craig Dawson pulled one back.

The defeats have provoked much debate on how the national sides can improve on the international stage.

Australian cricket team

Australia suffered a 48 run loss to the old enemy at Edgbaston in their opening Champions Trophy game.

Chasing a target of 270 after Ian Bell had top scored for England on his home ground with 91, Australia could only finish on 221-9 as James Anderson became his country's leading ODI wicket taker.

Anderson's figures of 3-30 took him clear of Darren Gough on 237 ODI wickets and the defeat was an early marker, leading Sir Ian Botham to claim Australia's chances of regaining the Ashes this summer 'are zero'.

Skipper Michael Clarke was ruled out of the defeat with an ongoing lower-back injury and his fitness is becoming a concern ahead of the Ashes series, which starts at Trent Bridge on 10 July.

Tommy Bowe

British and Irish Lions winger Tommy Bowe broke his right hand playing against the Reds in Brisbane, plunging his further participation in the tour in doubt.

Tests revealed the full extent of the injury to the Irishman, who had looked a certain starter for the Test series, and appeared to spell an end to his tour.

Warren Gatland called Simon Zebo up as cover but Bowe has already had surgery and the head coach hopes he can play some part against Australia.

Bowe is set to have a plate inserted into the hand and it is hoped he could be back playing in just two weeks.

London Broncos

The rock-bottom Super League side suffered a 82-10 thrashing at the hands of Warrington Wolves at Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham.

The Wolves scored 15 tries in the rout, with Stefan Ratchford running the show, grabbing a try and booting 22 points, while Simon Grix notched a late hat-trick.

The Broncos did get on the board when Kieran Dixon took a long pass from Luke Dorn to cross in the corner in the first period, and Wolves loanee James Mendeika touched down a further consolation try.

But London coach Tony Rea conceded his squad "have to go back to basics."

The heavy defeat came after news hooker Chad Randall has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

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