Kerber back in top 20 after reaching Sydney final

Kerber back in top 20 after reaching Sydney final

Defending champion Mertens suffered a second-set blip against Watson, victor in 2015, but recovered to earn a 6-4 1-6 6-2 success. "I'm not looking back 2017 any more", Kerber, who won the Australian Open and the U.S. Open titles in 2016, said.

BC-TEN-Sydney International, 188 Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney finalAP Photo XRR129, XRR105, XRR103, XRR128Eds: With AP Photos.

"I think I shot myself in the foot with my serving in the first [set] and didn't give myself an opportunity to be dominant on service games", said Barty, who is now one win from becoming the first Australian woman to win the Sydney International since Alicia Molik in 2005. I'm trying to do my best on court and win as many matches before going to Melbourne.

"It's just the beginning of the year, so it's tough to say".

"It's nice to make a final at home, but I think in my eyes it's ideal preparation for next week", Barty said.

"Now that I am No.3 ... the first and foremost thing that I am thinking about and feel like I am capable of doing, regardless of whatever anyone else says".

More news: What's In Store For The 2nd India-South Africa Test Match?
More news: What Is Insider Trading Activity Like At Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX)?
More news: Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in contention for Arsenal's clash with Bournemouth

Former world number one Angelique Kerber maintained her ideal record in 2018 as she saw off Camila Giorgi in straight sets to reach the Sydney International final.

Barty, ranked nineteenth, cruised past Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2, while 25th-ranked Gavrilova had direct passage to the last four when Spain's Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza withdrew after her win over Kiki Bertens with a thigh injury. "I've had a great off-season and I'm working hard".

"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.

De Minaur stunned fourth seed Milos Raonic in the second round on his way to reaching the Brisbane International semi-finals last week before losing to American Ryan Harrison.

Medvedev is eyeing off his first career title after toppling veteran Italian Paulo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-3.

Related Articles

  • Steven Spielberg Responds to Natalie Portman's Best Directors Dig at Golden Globes

    Steven Spielberg Responds to Natalie Portman's Best Directors Dig at Golden Globes

    However, while the Black Swan actress received praise for her statement, some viewers disapproved with her timing. Not a single woman was nominated in the historically male-dominated category, and Portman took notice.
    Govt may take address off the passport, change colour to orange

    Govt may take address off the passport, change colour to orange

    ECR passport holders require clearance from the Protector General of Emigrants to go overseas in order to prevent exploitation. While an official Passport has a white cover and is issued to those representing the Indian government on official business.
    China's US Debt Holdings May Be an Ace Card in Trade Dispute

    China's US Debt Holdings May Be an Ace Card in Trade Dispute

    China's decisions on foreign exchange holdings, as well as its investments in US Treasuries, are market-driven, he explained. The investment strategies discussed in China's review don't concern daily purchases and sales, said the people.
  • Jay Rock Talks New Album and 'Black Panther' Soundtrack

    Jay Rock Talks New Album and 'Black Panther' Soundtrack

    Together, Jay Rock , Future and Lamar make for an interesting trio, and one that's not as odd as it might sound on paper. Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther concept album has dropped a new track.
    'Tully' Teaser Trailer Starring Charlize Theron

    'Tully' Teaser Trailer Starring Charlize Theron

    Exhausted moms may want to carve out some precious free time to see it - the film has a solid Hollywood pedigree. Oscar victor Charlize Theron is set to star in upcoming film Tully that explores the realities of motherhood.
    China's Li Haotong helps Team Asia lead in Eurasia Cup

    China's Li Haotong helps Team Asia lead in Eurasia Cup

    He better hope so, or his Ryder Cup dress rehearsal could be a complete a flop. Europe drew level when Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton brushed aside S.S.P.
  • Oil slips from $70 as supplies tighten

    Oil slips from $70 as supplies tighten

    The price of West Texas Intermediate crude in NY was $US62.67 a barrel, on Tuesday, the highest in since December 2014. USA commercial crude stocks fell by nearly 5 million barrels in the week to January 5, to 419.5 million barrels.

    Donald Trump's immigration remarks lambasted from left and right

    Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country for an explanation. Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.
    SD Pride will march in 2018 MLK Parade

    SD Pride will march in 2018 MLK Parade

    Marin Luther King Jr. will feature Grammy nominated performer Vanessa Williams along with the Let Freedom Ring Choir. However, many saw it as Trump's way of using his sole African-American as a prop to show how "not" racist he is.
  • Top Institutional Investors That Own Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR)

    Moreover, Cohen And Steers Inc has 0.03% invested in Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:PEI) for 940,171 shares. It dived, as 55 investors sold DVN shares while 230 reduced holdings. 142 funds opened positions while 524 raised stakes.

    Trump lawyer sues BuzzFeed for publishing Russian Federation dossier

    Asked about Trump's tweet , she brushed off the idea that the release had anything to do with her election. The material wasn't classified, and Feinstein said Wednesday that she didn't do anything illegal.
    Dale Steyn comes in from the cold

    Dale Steyn comes in from the cold

    South African team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said Steyn was keen to return to cricket and would see a specialist on Sunday. Moosajee said the latest setback had nothing to do with his injury history or workload in the match.