Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

"I think it's wonderful for Sydney and for Australian tennis - we're gonna have an Aussie in the final, which is awesome", Barty said after her win at the Ken Rosewall Arena.

Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, won four consecutive singles matches at the Hopman Cup, followed by five in Sydney. The Italian, accompanied by his father and his former coach Andrei Kozlov, father of the young American prospect Stefan, who worked with Giorgi in his academy in Pembroke Pines, showed the best of her intriguing style and never conceded Radwanska the chance to impose her rational schemes made of acutely angled strokes and sudden inventions.

Ashleigh Barty will meet former world No.1 Angelique Kerber in the Sydney International final, in the ideal tune-up for next week's Australian Open.

The country's top-ranked female player shook off an early serving funk to come back from two sets down and set up a decider against two-time major victor Kerber, who dismantled plucky Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3 on Friday evening.

"I feel like I can fly under the radar a little bit more maybe than other years, but when you are playing well and have that better number next to your name, that is obviously a great thing".

It's just the beginning of the year.

The Queenslander won 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 against a fiery Gavrilova, who struggled to find any consistency with her serve, and who earned a code violation for racquet abuse when frustrations boiled over.

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"I shot myself in the foot with my serving in the first and didn't give myself an opportunity to be dominant on service games", Barty said.

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

"For us, it's ideal".

"More than anything, I know what I can do and what I am capable of and how I can play".

Paire sent down 17 aces against the world No.25 to advance to his second semi-final in a week, after reaching the last four in India.

In men's semifinals, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev booked a spot in the final by upsetting fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

It was Kerber's 11th career title.

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