Kerber claims Sydney title

Kerber claims Sydney title

Kerber fought off a couple break points early on the opening set then broke the Australian to go 4-2 up on her way to claiming the set.

It was Kerber's first title since her success at the 2016 US Open, and her 11th career title overall.

Angelique Kerber made the flawless start to 2018, winning the Sydney International after beating Ashleigh Barty in the final on Saturday.

It also marks the ninth-straight singles win of her 2018 reawakening, a display that confirms she means business in next week's Australian Open.

"Juan Martin is very tough to beat and I think I just played two unbelievable games at the end of the match".

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De Minaur, ranked 167 in the world and the youngest player to reach an ATP World Tour final since American Taylor Fritz at Memphis in 2016, showed impressive fighting spirit to recover from 4-0 down in the decider to level the third set at 5-5. "I'm very happy with my performance". Barty was seeking her second singles title after 2017 Kuala Lumpur, she still earned two places in the Rankings, up to No. Kerber would close out the final game and the match to love.

"I certainly shot myself in the foot with my serve today", she said.

"It's been a pleasure playing here this week".

She had already beaten Olivia Rogowska in the first round and former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the second and advanced to the semi-finals after Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza withdrew with a hip injury. In the men's final, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat 18-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Medvedev defeated Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-4 6-1 in the day's first semi-final.

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