Kerber Back On Top 20 After Reaching Sydney Final

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Kerber, who began a year ago at the top of the rankings before finishing at No. 22, won her seventh straight match of 2018, including four singles at the Hopman Cup last week.

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. She will definitely be among the ones to watch at the Australian Open, where two years she won her first Grand Slam title beating Serena Williams in the final.

In the end, Kerber's on-court composure was what counted against her younger counterpart, earning three championship points and claiming the silverware at the first opportunity.

Kerber had played 26 tournaments in a row without winning the title.

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"I'm drawn to play Tuesday so the preparation is slightly different as if I was playing on Monday", Barty said.

After some tight early service games, Barty double-faulted to hand Kerber the first break and a 3-2 lead, and the German served out the opening set with little trouble.

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. "She's such a competitor and makes you work so hard for each point".

It was the first time an Australian woman featured in the Sydney International final since 2005 when Alicia Molik took the title over Sam Stosur.

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