Kerber beats Barty to claim Sydney title

Kerber beats Barty to claim Sydney title

Dominant: Angelique Kerber showed ominous form heading into the Australian Open, where she faces a potential match-up against Maria Sharapova. Just two years ago, in 2016, she had her best season ever, when she won two Majors and became the world no.

A single break in the first set was enough for Kerber, who pulled clear from 3-3 in the second to win the trophy.

Kerber, who began last year as No 1 before finishing at No 22, continued her 2018 resurgence and remains unbeaten this year.

Angelique Kerber won her ninth consecutive match to start the season, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the Sydney International title. It takes time, but it's all positive emotions.' She also feels that success hasn't affect her: 'It's easy [to stay humble] because my team and my parents treat me the same.

I tried once, but it felt wrong, so I'm trying to hear everything and see what's happening.

The title marked the 11th of her career but first since she won since the US Open in 2016.

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"I am playing unbelievable tennis again and feeling just great", said Kerber.

"And Angie is on fire".

She heads into Melbourne as the 21st seed next week and has landed in the intriguing second quarter of the draw which includes world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, and Maria Sharapova playing in her first Australian Open since serving her doping ban.

Kerber claimed the first break of the match for a 3-2 lead, an advantage she would not relinquish as she went on to take the opening set. "We can go out and have a really good match, go hard at each other, and still shake hands, have a hug at the end of the match, and wish each other the best", Barty said.

Barty was in further trouble when she immediately surrendered serve in the second set, but in the second game she broke back to level at 1-1, igniting the home crowd.

"It's been a pleasure playing here this week and it's nice getting a bit of confidence going into our biggest tournament for us", Barty said after the match.

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