Angelique Kerber continues her hot streak, wins title in Sydney

Ashleigh Barty There is nothing better than playing at home

Earlier, 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 summit clash.

Barty, who'd been looking to become the first Australian woman to win in Sydney since Alicia Molik in 2005, could convert only one of seven break points, while racking up 38 unforced errors to Kerber's 13.

Former world number one Angelique Kerber continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday, giving herself a welcome boost ahead of next week's Australian Open.

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.

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. It was Kerber's 11th career title.

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"I am playing fantastic tennis again and feeling just great", quipped the 29-year-old.

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

Barty's big first serve helped her but Kerber was the more composed and was not put under pressure when the Australian had the chance.

The German took that energy in the second set, breaking Barty in the very first game.

"And Angie is on fire".

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