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Australia’s Ashleigh Barty wins biggest tournament of her tennis career in China

Staff writers, November 5, 2018 8:04AM News Corp Australia Network

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Ashleigh Barty of Australia hits a return against Wang Qiang. Picture: AFP media_cameraAshleigh Barty of Australia hits a return against Wang Qiang. Picture: AFP

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TENNIS: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty has continued her impressive form* this year after defeating Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Elite Trophy final in China.

Barty saved four of six break points and broke Wang’s serve four times as she cruised to the biggest victory of her career yesterday.

“I know that whenever I have played (Wang) in the past, it’s always been an extremely tough match,” said Barty.

The win marks the third title of Barty’s career and the second of 2018, following an earlier win at Nottingham.

Meanwhile, Russian ace Karen Khachanov has caused one of the shocks of the tennis year by overpowering a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in the Paris Masters final.

Djokovic was expected to celebrate his return to world No. 1 with a record-extending fifth Paris title but he went down in one hour 37 minutes.

Aaron Finch of Australia after being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi of South Africa. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAaron Finch of Australia after being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi of South Africa. Picture: Getty Images

CRICKET: Australia’s batting troubles have continued, with another top-order* flop* playing a big part in their six-wicket One Day International loss to South Africa yesterday in Perth.

The home side never recovered after slumping to 3-8 in the sixth over when captain Aaron Finch failed to review a lbw decision that went against him. Replays showed the Lungi Ngidi delivery would have sailed over the stumps.

Australia crashed to 6-66 in the 21st over, and were eventually bowled out for 152.

South Africa cruised to victory in just 29.2 overs, giving them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos (right) of United reacts after scoring against the Mariners with teammate Craig Goodwin. Picture: AAP media_cameraApostolos Stamatelopoulos (right) of United reacts after scoring against the Mariners with teammate Craig Goodwin. Picture: AAP

SOCCER: Craig Goodwin has given Socceroos coach Graham Arnold more reason to consider him for a national team recall*, after his second scoring double in a week.

Goodwin’s two goals led Adelaide to a 3-0 victory over Central Coast in Gosford.

Ross Edgley of England celebrates finishing his Great British Swim. Picture: Getty Images for Red Bull. media_cameraRoss Edgley of England celebrates finishing his Great British Swim. Picture: Getty Images for Red Bull.

SWIMMING: A 33-year-old British endurance* athlete has became the first person to swim around the coast of Great Britain.

Ross Edgley spent 157 days in the water and covered 2883km. He swam in six-hour blocks, sleeping in his support boat. He was joined for the final leg by hundreds of fellow swimmers, coming ashore at Margate in southeast England — the same spot where he began his journey on June 1.

Edgley, who had hoped to finish in 100 days, told family members who gathered yesterday to greet him: “Sorry I’m late.”

The World Open Water Swimming Association said Edgley swam through wild weather and was stung by jellyfish 37 times during his swim.

GLOSSARY

form: performance

top-order: batsmen three to five

flop: collapse

recall: bring back

endurance: to put up with an unpleasant or difficult situation without giving up

QUICK QUIZ

1. How many WTA titles has Ashleigh Barty won?

2. Which country does tennis ace Karen Khachanov come from?

3. How many goals did Craig Goodwin score?

4. What troubles did Ross Edgley run into on his endurance swim?

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