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Angelique Kerber wins first title since 2016 US Open with Sydney victory

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Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 17:18

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

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

Barty got the better of compatriot Daria Gavrilova in their semi-final 3-6 6-4 6-2 while Germany's Kerber swept Italy's Camila Giorgi aside 6-2 6-3.

Kerber won her four matches at last week's mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth before her five victories in Sydney.

Kerber had played 26 tournaments in a row without winning the title. "I am really looking forward to the rest of the year", Kerber said in a court-side interview after claiming a first title since her U.S. Open triumph.

Kerber, who began last year as No.1 before finishing at No.22, continued her 2018 resurgence and remains unbeaten this year.

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In the men's final, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat 18-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Fifth-seed Bautista Agut, who won the title in 2016, outlasted second-seed Del Potro, the 2009 champion, in a match of remarkable highs and lows.

Kerber, who began past year as No 1 before finishing at No 22, continued her 2018 resurgence with a thumping 6-3, 6-1 win over Slovakia Dominika Cibulkova.

"I am playing fantastic tennis again and I am just feeling great".

The second-seeded Mertens, who won her maiden singles title in Hobart previous year as a qualifier, became the first player to win the tournament twice. The German would ultimately take their match in three sets, cruising through the final two sets against the American.

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