Sport Kerber back in top 20 after reaching Sydney final

19:05  12 january  2018
19:05  12 january  2018 Source:   Omnisport

Kerber wins Sydney title in perfect start to 2018

  Kerber wins Sydney title in perfect start to 2018 After a tough 2017, Angelique Kerber made a dream start to this year, claiming the Sydney International title.Angelique Kerber made the perfect start to 2018, winning the Sydney International after beating Ashleigh Barty in the final on Saturday.

Coming off the Hopman Cup final , Kerber gained a comforatble 5-3 lead but then, after missing two set points in return, she suddenly vanished. Entering Sydney ranked No.26 – her lowest held ranking since 2016 Madrid when ranked No.38 -, Cibulkova scored her 65 career Top 20 win.

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AngeliqueKerber-Cropped: Angelique Kerber celebrates victory over Camila Giorgi © Provided by Omnisport Angelique Kerber celebrates victory over Camila Giorgi

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

Having enjoyed a breakthrough 2016 with victories at the Australian Open and US Open, Kerber endured a hugely disappointing 2017.

She went out in the first round at the French Open and at Flushing Meadows and did not go beyond the fourth round of any slam, finishing the year with a 29-24 record.

But the German appears reinvigorated in the early stages of 2018 and made it eight wins from eight in the new calendar year by dispensing of Giorgi.

De Minaur extends dream run by reaching Sydney final

  De Minaur extends dream run by reaching Sydney final Australian tennis fans have a new hero, with teenager Alex de Minaur backing up his run in Brisbane by reaching a maiden final in Sydney.Alex de Minaur's sensational form continued as the Australian teenager delighted fans at the Sydney International by reaching his first ATP World Tour final.

Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final on Friday.

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Kerber eased to a 6-2 6-3 triumph, reaching the Sydney final for the second time in her career having lost to Tsvetana Pironkova in 2014, and her first in any tournament since April last year.

However, Kerber - who will move back into the top 20 as a result of her return to form - is unlikely to have the home crowd on her side, as she will face Australian Ashleigh Barty in the final.

Barty overcame compatriot Daria Gavrilova in three sets, coming back from a set down to win 3-6 6-4 6-2.

She becomes the first Australian to reach the final since 2005, when countrywomen Alicia Molik and Samantha Stosur contested the showpiece.

"I'd love to go one further and hold the trophy up here," Barty said. "I love playing in Australia, I love playing at home. It's nice to be able to get a lot of matches here and be rewarded with the final."

Meanwhile at the Hobart International, Elise Mertens prevailed in a battle of two of the last three winners of the event with Heather Watson.

Defending champion Mertens suffered a second-set blip against Watson, winner in 2015, but recovered to earn a 6-4 1-6 6-2 success.

Standing between the Belgian and the retention of the title is Mihaela Buzarnescu, the Romanian reaching the final with a 6-2 6-2 defeat of Lesia Tsurenko.

De Minaur makes Sydney semis .
Teenager Alex De Minaur continued his sensational start to the season by reaching his second consecutive ATP Tour semi-final at the Sydney International. Little known prior to his great run in Brisbane last week, the 18-year-old is fast pushing himself forward as Australia's hottest teenage talent.His latest victory came against Feliciano Lopez, a player twice De Minaur's age who made his ATP Tour debut before the Sydney youngster was even born.But De Minaur proved too steady, winning 6-4 6-4 to become the youngest male semi-finalist at the event in nearly 30 years.

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