Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

Italian Camila Giorgi continued her impressive run at the Sydney International by racing past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-2.

The result marked the eighth successive singles win for Kerber, whose 2018 resurgence should ensure a quality showdown against Australia's rapidly rising star. She became the sixth qualifier to reach the semifinals in the last six years and set up a last four clash with Angelique Kerber, who beat her in the previous two meetings.

World No.1 Simona Halep could await in the round of 16, however Barty said she had learned from the home expectations usually placed for former US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

"I am playing unbelievable tennis again and feeling just great", Kerber said.

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BC-TEN-Sydney International, 188 Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney finalAP Photo XRR129, XRR105, XRR103, XRR128Eds: With AP Photos. "I think even though it may not be ideal at the moment, it's still good enough to win matches".

"It's just the beginning of the year, so it's tough to say. I was working hard in the last few weeks", Kerber said. I'm trying to play my game again, enjoy every minute on court. The other semi-final in Sydney will be an all-Australian affair between Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova, the former Australian compatriot whose record now stands at 12-1 against fellow Aussies since she took residency Down Under in 2013.

"For us, it's ideal".

"It's been a pleasure playing here this week and it's nice getting a bit of confidence going into our biggest tournament for us", Barty said after the match.

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Defending champion Gilles Muller was knocked out of the Sydney International men's event by unseeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-4.

De Minaur has a wildcard entry to the Australian Open, where he'll open against 19th-seeded Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist and a two-time semifinalist at Melbourne Park.

Medvedev is eyeing off his first career title after toppling veteran Italian Paulo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-3.

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