Sport Former No 1 Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

19:52  13 january  2018
19:52  13 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final

  Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final on Friday. Kerber, a former No. 1 and the 2016 Australian Open champion, won all four singles at the Hopman Cup and now all four in Sydney en route to the final.She will face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Australian compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.In a match that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set.

Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday.

SYDNEY (AP) — Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches to start the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday.

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Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday.

The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No. 1-ranked Kerber won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia last week, helping Germany reach the final against Switzerland, and followed up with five wins in Sydney.

Kerber's summer stroll continues

  Kerber's summer stroll continues Former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber has extended her summer winning streak to 10 matches with a comfortable first-round victory at Melbourne Park.The 2016 champion and former world No.1 maintained her unbeaten start to the year with a merciless 6-0 6-4 first-round win over German compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

SYDNEY (AP) — Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No . 1 -ranked Kerber won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup, helping Germany to reach the final against Switzerland, and followed up with five wins in Sydney .

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Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates her win over Ash Barty of Australia in their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. © AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates her win over Ash Barty of Australia in their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. In a momentum-boosting buildup to the Australian Open, which starts Monday, Kerber had wins over Lucie Safarova, No. 2-seeded Venus Williams, former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova and Camila Giorgi before beating Barty to claim her 11th career title.

Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a backhand to Ash Barty of Australia in their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. © AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a backhand to Ash Barty of Australia in their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

''I am playing amazing tennis again and feeling just great,'' Kerber said. ''It feels very good to win my first title in my first tournament this year.

Barty wins all-Aussie Sydney semi-final

  Barty wins all-Aussie Sydney semi-final <p>Ashleigh Barty has beaten compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6 6-4 6-2 to advance to the Sydney International final.</p>In a topsy-turvy match on Friday that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set to set up a final against Angelique Kerber or Camila Giorgi.

SYDNEY (AP) — Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday.

Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches to start the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday.

Kerber had a breakout season in 2016, beating Serena Williams in the final to claim her first major title at the Australian Open and going on to reach the Wimbledon final and win the U.S. Open. She reached the No. 1 ranking in September that year and was seeded No. 1 for last year's Australian Open, but was upset in the first round and her year-end ranking dropped to 21.

After failing to win a title in 2017, the German left-hander is now feeling confident again ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

''I have had a great week and the final was not easy against Ash but I was able to play my game in important moments. I feel like I am getting closer to my 2016 level.''

Ash Barty Of Australia bends over after missing a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. © AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Ash Barty Of Australia bends over after missing a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

Angelique Kerber of Germany, left, hugs Ash Barty of Australia at the end of their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Kerber won the match. © AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Angelique Kerber of Germany, left, hugs Ash Barty of Australia at the end of their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Kerber won the match. In the men's final, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat 18-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

De Minaur has a wildcard entry to the Australian Open, where he'll open against 19th-seeded Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist and a two-time semifinalist at Melbourne Park.

Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International .
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has accepted a wildcard into next week's Sydney International, the tournament organisers said on Thursday. World number two Muguruza hopes to step up her preparations for the Australian Open after she was forced to retire with leg cramps during her opening match at the Brisbane International on Tuesday."I've only played in Sydney once before and I really enjoyed the conditions there, and the beautiful city," the 24-year-old Spaniard said in a statement.

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