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By Chris Oddo | Friday January 12, 2018

It’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly was the root cause of Angelique Kerber’s mighty struggles in 2017, but it’s easy to tell that she’s back. The German racked up another decisive victory on Friday at the Sydney International, reaching the final with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Camila Giorgi.

Kerber went on runs of four and six games to leave the Italian qualifier in the dust. Giorgi had been on quite a run herself. She claimed six victories to get through qualifying and reach the semis and had defeated Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska in succession to reach the last four.

But Kerber had too much firepower on Friday. She took the final four games of the opening set and then reeled off six straight after falling behind 3-0 in set two.

Kerber’s 74-minute victory sets up a final with Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. The 21-year-old came back to claim a victory from Daria Gavrilova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Barty broke seven times on eight opportunities against her compatriot.

Kerber and Barty split their only two career meetings, both in 2017.


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