WTA Sydney - Angelique Kerber beat Ashleigh Barty to win a title again!

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 US 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 Saturday.

It was the first individual final since Monterrey in April last year for the 29-year-old left-hander, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles in 2016.

Kerber, who began a year ago 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.


The German will meet Italian qualifier and world No 100 Camila Giorgi, who upset Poland's former world No 2 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2.

"So now, I just am trying to playing like I played years before and enjoying it again".

It was Kerber's second win over the 19th-ranked Barty in three meetings.


Bidding to become the first Australian woman to win in Sydney since Alicia Molik in 2005 player, Barty beat Kerber the last time they met but ominously the German is yet to lose in 2018.

The second-seeded Mertens, who won her maiden singles title in Hobart previous year as a qualifier, became the first player to win the tournament twice.

Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini set up a semi-final against qualifier Daniil Medvedev following a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-4), 6-2 marathon against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.


"It feels very good to win my first title in my first tournament this year".

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