Unbeaten Angelique Kerber looks to extend winning streak at Australian Open

Angelique Kerber knocked out Venus Williams from the Sydney International, a major confidence booster ahead of Australian Open.

tennis Updated: Jan 10, 2018 10:29 IST
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German tennis player Angelique Kerber in action at the Sydney International.(AFP)

Former world number one Angelique Kerber says she is looking for more confidence-boosting matches ahead of next week’s Australian Open after knocking Venus Williams out of the Sydney International.

The German overcame a first-set fade-out to beat the American second seed 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 late Tuesday and continue her 2018 revival.

The two-time Grand Slam champion remains unbeaten in six matches this year following last week’s Hopman Cup mixed-teams campaign in Perth and now meets Dominika Cibulkova in Thursday’s quarter-final.

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Kerber started 2017 ranked world number one but by the end of the season had slumped to 21, and she headed into the Sydney event ranked 22.

Now the left-hander is looking for a run of matches to further restore her confidence heading into the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament.

“Yes, not looking back anymore. I’m happy how the year starts. I have been doing a lot of work,” said the 29-year-old.

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“I’m just looking forward to have a lot of matches before going to Melbourne, and now I have another one.

“Let’s see how many I will get. But this is actually just a goal to playing matches and then going with a lot of confidence to Melbourne.”

Kerber started the first set stronger and looked to have Williams’s measure with a 5-3 lead and two set points before the world number five rallied.

Williams, the seven-times Grand Slam champion -- a finalist at the Australian Open last year -- went on to take the opening set.

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But Kerber fought back strong as Williams struggled with her service.

The German levelled the match and swept to a 5-0 lead in the decider but Williams rallied again before she succumbed to the inevitable on the fifth match point, when she sent a backhand return wide.

First Published: Jan 10, 2018 10:29 IST