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Angelique Kerber beats Ashleigh Barty to win Sydney International

Angelique Kerber beats Ashleigh Barty to win Sydney International

Former world No.1 Angelique Kerber continued her strong start to the season by advancing to the Sydney International semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova on Thursday.

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

Kerber drops just two sets throughout her week in Sydney.

De Minaur, who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 4-6 6-1 6-1 last night, takes on Russia's Daniil Medvedev who upset Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-4 6-1. Giorgi beat defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2.

The German two-time grand slam champion, now ranked 22nd in the world after a disappointing 2017 campaign, registered her ninth win in as many matches this year with another clinical performance against the local favourite.

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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.

"It feels wonderful", he said. I have had a great week and the final was not easy against Ash.

"Today I felt really good on the court and I played very good tennis throughout the match".

Kerber, who began previous 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. She heads into play at Melbourne Park with plenty of momentum.

De Minaur, ranked 167 in the world and the youngest player to reach an ATP World Tour final since American Taylor Fritz at Memphis in 2016, showed impressive fighting spirit to recover from 4-0 down in the decider to level the third set at 5-5.


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