SYDNEY (AP) — Angelique Kerber won her initial pretension given a 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning strain to 9 matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in a Sydney International final on Saturday.
The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No. 1-ranked Kerber won 4 singles matches during a Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia final week, assisting Germany strech a final opposite Switzerland, and followed adult with 5 wins in Sydney.
In a momentum-boosting buildup to a Australian Open, that starts Monday, Kerber had wins over Lucie Safarova, No. 2-seeded Venus Williams, former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova and Camila Giorgi before violence Barty to explain her 11th career title.
“I am personification extraordinary tennis again and feeling only great,” Kerber said. “It feels really good to win my initial pretension in my initial contest this year.
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Kerber had a dermatitis deteriorate in 2016, violence Serena Williams in a final to explain her initial vital pretension during a Australian Open and going on to strech a Wimbledon final and win a U.S. Open. She reached a No. 1 ranking in Sep that year and was seeded No. 1 for final year’s Australian Open, though was dissapoint in a initial turn and her year-end ranking forsaken to 21.
After unwell to win a pretension in 2017, a German left-hander is now feeling assured again forward of a initial Grand Slam contest of a year.
“I have had a good week and a final was not easy opposite Ash though we was means to play my diversion in critical moments. we feel like we am removing closer to my 2016 level.”
In a men’s final, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev kick 18-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.
De Minaur has a wildcard entrance to a Australian Open, where he’ll open opposite 19th-seeded Tomas Berdych, a 2010 Wimbledon finalist and a two-time semifinalist during Melbourne Park.
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