Dominant Kerber to face Barty in Sydney final


SYDNEY: Former world number one Angelique Kerberregistered her eighth win in as many matches in 2018 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi as the German advanced to the Sydney International final yesterday.

Giorgi, belying her ranking of world number 100, had defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round, ousted twice Wimbledon and former Sydney champion Petra Kvitova and raced past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 in the last eight.

But Kerber, currently ranked 22nd in the world after a disappointing 2017 campaign, proved too strong for Giorgi despite the Italian racing to a 3-0 lead in the second set.

The 29-year-old Kerber, who won the Australian and US Open titles in 2016, was resolute in defence against her aggressive opponent and advanced to a first individual final since Monterrey in April last year.

Awaiting the German in the final will be Ashleigh Barty, who overcame a slow start to win her all-Australian semi-final against Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. —AFP