Former World number 1 Angelique Kerber sent out a message she is ready for the Australian Open winning her first WTA Title since the US Open in 2016 with suggestions she is getting back to her best. She defeated home favourite Ashleigh Barty with a break in each set to take the title in Syndey 6-4 6-4. She beat Lucie Safarova and Venus Williams on her way to the final having her best week in a long time. With Serena Williams out of the Australian Open, Kerber must have a good chance to take another Grand Slam in this form
In the other WTA event this week in Hobart, Tasmania, Belgian Elise Mertens took back to back titles beating Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu in a rain affected final. The Romanian was in her first WTA final having beaten Alize Cornet to get here, but in the end Mertens experience was the difference as she held it together better as the players were taken off court four times during the contest. Mertens won the deciding set 6-3 to become the first player to win in Hobart twice in it’s 25 year history.
MOON OF LIBERTY WTA TENNIS RESULTS
Sydney International Final
AT THE NEW SOUTH WALES TENNIS CENTRE, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Lesia Tsurenko won an impressive victory over France’s Kristina Mladenovic who is ranked 14 places above Tsurenko. The Ukranian powered through the first set taking it easily 6-1. Mladenovic who has already won in ST Petersburg this year, made more of a fight of the second set. However she dropped her serve at 5-6 as the Ukranian hit a winner down the line at match point to complete her victory, the third of her career.
Ashleigh Barty, who had taken time out of tennis to play some Big Bash cricket after her debut at the French Open in 2012, returned to the court in Malaysia and came through qualifying, going on to eventually win the tournament. She dominated the final breaking Japanese opponent Nao Hibino three times in a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory. The win should push her up from her current 158 world ranking claiming her first title and showing she can go much further. Still only 20, Barty may be one to watch in the future.