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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:   ap.org

Kerber puts Germany one win from final

  Kerber puts Germany one win from final After beating Australia's Daria Gavrilova, Angelique Kerber has put Germany just one match away from reaching Saturday's Hopman Cup final against Switzerland.Gavrilova started strongly, earning four break points in the opening game, but failed to convert any of them.

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.

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. The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No . 1 -ranked Kerber won four

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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.

Germany through to Hopman Cup final vs. Switzerland

  Germany through to Hopman Cup final vs. Switzerland Angelique Kerber won her singles and contributed heavily in the deciding mixed doubles victory that gave Germany a 2-1 win over Australia and a spot in the Hopman Cup final against Switzerland. Kerber beat Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to put Germany within one win of reaching the final against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic.But Thanasi Kokkinakis edged Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in a close tussle to level for Australia, meaning Germany needed to win the doubles to advance.

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.

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. The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No . 1 -ranked Kerber won four

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.

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. The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No . 1 -ranked Kerber won four

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.

Tennis - Kerber ends Hsieh's fairytale run to reach quarters .
<p>Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.</p>Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

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