Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final

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Two months on, Kerber had her revenge against Barty, and looks in as good a touch as she did when she claimed the 2016 Australian Open and became the world No.1 after claiming the Sydney International title.

"I am playing unbelievable tennis again and feeling just great", said Kerber. I did it 2016 and also the years before. Unfortunately the double fault she did hit was when trying to stave off a break point in the opening set.

This was Kerber's first title since lifting the US Open crown in 2016 - the same year she triumphed at the Australian Open when lifting her maiden grand slam title.

Having come into the tournament unseeded, the German saved match points against Lucie Safarova in her first round match, and she did not drop a set in her last three matches against Cibulkova, Camila Giorgi and Barty.

In a match that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set. "But happy to get through in the end and get another opportunity tomorrow".

"It's nice to make a final at home, but I think in my eyes it's ideal preparation for next week", said Barty, the first Australian woman in a Sydney final since Alicia Molik defeated Sam Stosur in 2005.

Angelique Kerber has had a strong start to the season. "I'm very sure about this". "The draw was also not easy, but I was not seeded, so that was also what I was expecting from the beginning, to have really tough matches", she added.

The German produced an impressive display to comfortably beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4
The German produced an impressive display to comfortably beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4

Both women will now head straight to Melbourne, where the Australian Open will begin in two days time.

"Angie was probably one of the first girls that sort of welcomed me when I first came on to the tour when I was quite young. I think there is that mutual respect, which is unbelievable to get respect from such a champion like Angie".

Potentially awaiting in the fourth round is world No. 1 Simona Halep.

"But it would have been nice to get a win for them today, for myself, my team".

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.

James Buckley writes on AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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