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Double delight for Aussies Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur as they win tennis crowns

Staff writers, June 18, 2018 8:41AM News Corp Australia Network

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Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates victory in the Womens Singles Final of the Nature Valley Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAshleigh Barty of Australia celebrates victory in the Womens Singles Final of the Nature Valley Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre. Picture: Getty Images

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TENNIS: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty has won her second WTA tournament, defeating local Brit Johanna Konta in the Nature Valley Open final in Nottingham.

The 6-3 3-6 6-4 victory will see Barty rise to a career-high ranking of world no. 16.

Meanwhile, Aussie Alex Di Minaur also raised the trophy at the Nottingham Challenger event, beating another local Dan Evans 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.

Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates his victory in Nottingham. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAlex De Minaur of Australia celebrates his victory in Nottingham. Picture: Getty Images

It follows Di Minaur’s runner-up result at last week’s Surbiton, the remarkable rise seeing him leap from outside the top 100 to reach No. 78.

Hirving Lozano of Mexico celebrates with Jesus Gallardo by sliding on their knees after scoring his team's first goal during the World Cup. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraHirving Lozano of Mexico celebrates with Jesus Gallardo by sliding on their knees after scoring his team’s first goal during the World Cup. Picture: Getty Images

SOCCER: Another day, another World Cup upset. This time, defending champions Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico in a superb match which commentators placed alongside Spain vs Portugal as ‘the best of the tournament so far’.

Mexico were excellent in the first half, playing with intensity* with Hirving Lozano scoring the lone goal from one of many quick counter-attacks*.

Australia plays Denmark on Thursday after losing its opening match against France 2-1.

Maddy Proud of the Swifts wins the ball yesterday. Picture: AAP media_cameraMaddy Proud of the Swifts wins the ball yesterday. Picture: AAP

NETBALL: The introduction of bonus points to Super Netball has been overwhelmingly* welcomed in netball — just not at the NSW Swifts.

The shake-up, in which bonus points are awarded for winning each quarter while four competition points are earned for a win, is bringing added interest for fans and keeping once-dead games alive.

But for Swifts coach Briony Akle it’s a distraction* from the bigger picture. “Our focus is not on those bonus points — it’s actually to play well for 15 minutes at a time and whatever that result is … if we play badly we’re not going to win,” Akle said.

Nathan Cleary and James Maloney of the NSW State of Origin team arrive at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Coogee, ahead of Origin Game 2. Picture: Brett Costello media_cameraNathan Cleary and James Maloney of the NSW State of Origin team arrive at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Coogee, ahead of Origin Game 2. Picture: Brett Costello

NRL: NSW pair James Maloney and Latrell Mitchell will start in State of Origin Game 2 after being cleared of injuries by Blues medical staff on day one of camp yesterday.

Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary was named in the 20-man squad as cover for Maloney, who picked up a back injury in Penrith’s loss to the Roosters on Friday but is expected to recover.

Meanwhile, Michael Morgan will miss the rest of the State of Origin series after scans confirmed he had suffered a torn biceps injury.

Newcastle’s Kalyn Ponga is firming for an Origin debut in Sunday’s must win game in Sydney. Queensland will name its squad today.

Dustin Martin of the Tigers in action ahead of Geelong’s Joel Selwood. Picture: Getty Images) media_cameraDustin Martin of the Tigers in action ahead of Geelong’s Joel Selwood. Picture: Getty Images)

AFL: Exactly a year since their last MCG loss, Richmond remain unbeatable at the grand final venue and are back on top of the AFL ladder.

Their 18-point win over Geelong yesterday in windy, wet conditions extended their MCG winning streak to 16, one short of the venue record set by Melbourne in the 1950s.

The final score was 12.11 (83) to 9.11 (65).

GLOSSARY

intensity: strength and power

counter-attacks: attack in response

overwhelmingly: very great or difficult

distraction: something that distracts your attention

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which tennis tournament did Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur both win at the weekend?

2. How many goals were scored in the Mexico v Germany World Cup match?

3. Explain the new bonus points system in Super Netball.

4. What position does NSW’s James Maloney play?

5. What is the venue record of winning games at the MCG?

VCOP ACTIVITY

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many pieces of punctuation as you can find in green. Discuss how these are being used, where and how often. What level of the punctuation pyramid is the journalist using in this article?

QUESTION: Which AFL team is most likely to win this year’s premiership?

No one-word answers please. Explain your answer and use lots of adjectives.

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