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Barty downs Gavrilova to reach final By

15 January 2018, 12:21 | Nina Perez

2018 Sydney International Women's Singles Final live scores, blog: Ashleigh Barty vs Angelique Kerber

Ashleigh Barty plays a forehand against Daria Gavrilova at the Sydney International

Germany's Angelique Kerber beat Australia's Ashleigh Barty in straight sets to win the Sydney International for her ninth consecutive win of the new season on Saturday.

This was Kerber's first title since lifting the US Open crown in 2016 - the same year she triumphed at the Australian Open when lifting her maiden grand slam title.

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.

Sharapova was given a wildcard in Stuttgart in March past year, even though her suspension didn't allow her to play her first-round match until the third day of the tournament - a decision Kerber labelled at the time as "a little bit strange".

Nerves allowed both players to draw a break early in the match, however, Barty in particular had trouble on serve, holding just once on her way to losing the first set.

With the break in hand and a 4-3 lead, the German didn't falter, remaining aggressive and serving out the match three games later to win her first title in Sydney after falling in the 2014 final. Elsewhere, Belgian Elise Mertens defended her Hobart International title with a rain-interrupted win over first-time WTA finalist Mihaela Buzarnescu.




"I am playing wonderful tennis again and I am just feeling great".

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

"And Angie is on fire". The German would ultimately take their match in three sets, cruising through the final two sets against the American.

"I certainly shot myself in the foot with my serve today", she said. "I mean, where she was and where she is now, I think it's a huge step", Kerber said of Barty.

The world No.19 begins her Australian Open campaign on Monday against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenko, who is ranked No.69.

"But we will head to Melbourne tonight and do what we need to do over the next couple of days to get ready".



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