"When you are (playing) at home, you have to give it everything and go as far as possible and win (the tournament)": France's star defender Wendie Renard says her team, still looking for their first title, will remain "humble". But she has high hopes ahead of the hosts' World Cup campaign, which begins on June 7 with the tournament's opening match, against South Korea.
While China has qualified for next month's Women's World Cup for a seventh time in eight editions and boasts a record the men's side can only envy, the country of 1.4 billion still struggles to find girls to take up the sport, with some families feeling girls should stay indoors learning piano or dance.
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has already taken over 100 wickets for South Africa in both Test and one-day cricket games, which bodes well for the 23-year-old and his team ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales this summer. Here is all you need to know: