Kerber to play Barty in Sydney WTA final
SYDNEY, JAN 12: Germany's former world No.1 Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match on Friday and will play Australian Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Sydney International.
Kerber, who began last year as No.1 before finishing at No.22, continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi, ending the Italian qualifier's run of six wins in the tournament.
It is an impressive start to the new year for Kerber, having won her four matches at last week's mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth before her four victories in Sydney.
Barty will play in her first home WTA final on Saturday after she beat compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
It will be the 19th-ranked Barty's second career title and her win over the 25th-ranked Gavrilova came after a topsy-turvy match that included 11 breaks of serve.
Kerber and Barty have split their two previous meetings last year with the Australian winning in Zhuhai, China, and
the German winning in three sets in Brisbane last week. —AFP