Angelique Kerber won her ninth consecutive match to start the season, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the Sydney International title.
Former world number one Angelique Kerber maintained her flawless record in 2018 as she saw off Camila Giorgi in straight sets to reach the Sydney International final.
In the end, Kerber's on-court composure was what counted against her younger counterpart, earning three championship points and claiming the silverware at the first opportunity.
It was the first individual final since Monterrey in April last year for the 29-year-old left-hander, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles in 2016.
"To be honest, I felt like I probably played some of the better tennis that I have this week". Kerber would close out the final game and the match to love.
A double-fault midway through the first set cost Barty a crucial break point as Kerber claimed the first set 6-4.
"I'm drawn to play Tuesday so the preparation is slightly different as if I was playing on Monday", Barty said.
The German took that energy in the second set, breaking Barty in the very first game.
"But Angie is on fire".
She becomes the first Australian to reach the final since 2005, when countrywomen Alicia Molik and Samantha Stosur contested the showpiece.
Down another break and serving to stay in the match, Barty dug out the fighting spirit her fans had grown accustomed to, although it was not enough to outlast her opponent's dominance.
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