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Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney…

14 January 2018, 08:05 | Opal Carroll

Angelique Kerber celebrates victory over Camila Giorgi


She had already beaten Olivia Rogowska in the first round and former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the second and advanced to the semi-finals after Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza withdrew with a hip injury.

Barty, who has also played professional cricket, was not at her best in blustery conditions however she did just enough to edge her compatriot and was please with the composure she showed under the circumstances.

The result marked the eighth successive singles win for Kerber, whose 2018 resurgence should ensure a quality showdown against Australia's rapidly rising star.

"I'm not looking back 2017 any more", said Kerber, who started to work with Wim Fissette obtaining immediate dividends.

In a momentum-boosting buildup to the Australian Open, which starts Monday, Kerber had wins over Lucie Safarova, No. 2-seeded Venus Williams, former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova and Camila Giorgi before beating Barty to claim her 11th career title. "I think even though it may not be flawless at the moment, it's still good enough to win matches".

It's just the beginning of the year. But I'm feeling good - I'm healthy.

Ashleigh Barty eased through her quarterfinal clash against Barbora Strycova in straight sets, setting up an all-Australian battle against Daria Gavrilova.

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"I think I shot myself in the foot with my serving in the first [set] and didn't give myself an opportunity to be dominant on service games", said Barty, who is now one win from becoming the first Australian woman to win the Sydney International since Alicia Molik in 2005.

"So now, I just am trying to playing like I played years before and enjoying it again".

"For us, it's flawless".

"We have set up a flawless platform for me to work with this year to try and go deep in tournaments, whether it's in Australia or in Europe or in the States".

Paire sent down 17 aces against the world No.25 to advance to his second semi-final in a week, after reaching the last four in India.

In the men's final, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat 18-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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