Angelique Kerber sails past Ashleigh Barty to lift Sydney International

first_imgAngelique Kerber eased past Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to win the Sydney International on Saturday.This was the former world number one’s first individual final since April 2017 and a win in it will give her a welcome boost ahead of the Australian Open.The German is currently ranked 22nd in the world after a disappointing 2017. However, she has come back strong this year and registered her ninth win in as many matches.WATCHKerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles in 2016, said that she feels she is playing amazign tennis and is feeling great.”Thanks to my team for believing in me and supporting me, we had an excellent 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.First title since September [email protected] defeats Barty for #SydneyTennis title 6-4 6-4.— Sydney International (@SydneyTennis) January 13, 2018I am playing amazing tennis again and I am just feeling great.After some tight early service games, Barty double-faulted to hand Kerber the first break and a 3-2 lead, and the German served out the opening set with little trouble.The second set witnessed an early exchange of breaks before Kerber broke the Australian to love to move 4-3 ahead and picked up her 11th career title when Barty found the net after yet another powerful Kerber forehand.(With inputs from Reuters)“It feels good to be back. I had a great week, I played great tennis. The final wasn’t easy, but I’m really happy & proud” @AngeliqueKerber #SydneyTennis— Sydney International (@SydneyTennis) January 13, 2018ALSO WATCH:last_img

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