Kerber downs Barty in Sydney International final

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

The resurgent German was superb in her straight set 6-4, 6-4 victory on the hard courts of the Ken Rosewall Arena, her first win since her 2016 US Open title.

Kerber had played 26 tournaments in a row without winning the title.

But she was left to rue her failure to convert, double-faulting to give the German the valuable early break and a 3-2 lead before going on to take the set.

However, Medvedev halted his charge with a break of serve in the 11th game before holding to love to claim his first ATP title.

"I am playing incredible tennis again and feeling just great", quipped the 29-year-old.

Angelique Kerber won her ninth consecutive match to start the season, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the Sydney International title on Saturday.

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
Kerber downs Barty in Sydney International final

Kerber eased to a 6-2 6-3 triumph, reaching the Sydney final for the second time in her career having lost to Tsvetana Pironkova in 2014, and her first in any tournament since April a year ago.

She becomes the first Australian to reach the final since 2005, when countrywomen Alicia Molik and Samantha Stosur contested the showpiece.

That script appeared set to continue when Barty was broken with little resistance to go down 1-0 in the second set, but she returned the favour with venom to break Kerber to love.

"I felt like it was a pretty good level".

"I'm drawn to play Tuesday so the preparation is slightly different as if I was playing on Monday", Barty said. "She's such a competitor and makes you work so hard for each point".

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