Angelique Kerber beats Ashleigh Barty to win Sydney International tennis


The German two-time grand slam champion, now ranked 22nd in the world after a disappointing 2017 campaign, registered her ninth win in as many matches this year with another clinical performance against the local favourite.

Kerber, who began previous year at the top of the rankings before finishing at No. 22, won her seventh straight match of 2018, including four singles at the Hopman Cup last week. "I am really looking forward to the rest of the year", Kerber said in a court-side interview after claiming a first title since her U.S. Open triumph.

"She's (Giorgi) beaten a lot of good players this week and so I was just trying to get a lot of balls back". Today Kerber won 74% first serve points, and saved five break points out of six.

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However, she impressed in Sydney, beating the likes of Lucie Safarova, Venus Williams, Dominika Cibulkova and Camila Giorgi before edging out home favourite Barty 6-4 6-4 in the final.

Barty's appearance in the tournament decider is still set to lift the 21-year-old Queenslander's world ranking to No.17.

The former world No.1 was too strong for Barty, winning the final 6-4, 6-4 to give her a massive confidence boost for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.