WTA Sydney - Angelique Kerber beat Ashleigh Barty to win a title again!

Ashleigh Barty There is nothing better than playing at home

Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, won four consecutive singles matches at the Hopman Cup, followed by five in Sydney.

Earlier, Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the summit clash.

Ashleigh Barty's dream of an ATP title on home soil has come undone at the last hurdle as Angelique Kerber ran away with the Sydney International title.

It is her 11th career WTA title and positions her as one of the favourites for the Australian Open.

In the end, Kerber's on-court composure was what counted against her younger counterpart, earning three championship points and claiming the silverware at the first opportunity.

She went out in the first round at the French Open and at Flushing Meadows and did not go beyond the fourth round of any slam, finishing the year with a 29-24 record.

That script appeared set to continue when Barty was broken with little resistance to go down 1-0 in the second set, but she returned the favour with venom to break Kerber to love.

However, Medvedev halted his charge with a break of serve in the 11th game before holding to love to claim his first ATP title. "To be honest, I felt like I probably played some of the better tennis that I have this week", Barty said.

"But Angie is on fire".

It was the first time an Australian woman featured in the Sydney International final since 2005 when Alicia Molik took the title over Sam Stosur.

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