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Angelique Kerber and Daniil Medvedev claim Sydney International 2018 titles

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Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber (GER) has claimed the women’s title at the Sydney International, beating Australian No.1 Ash Barty (Qld) in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.  The victory delivers former world No.1 Kerber her first title since the 2016 U.S Open and cements her return to top form as she heads into next week’s Australian Open.

“The draw was also not easy, I was not seeded, so, I was expecting from the beginning, to have really tough matches,” said Kerber. “I came here to just play match by match, and I was not looking too far ahead. I'm very proud how I was able to play every single day.

“I had a great week. I played good tennis. the final against Ash (Barty) was not easy, but I was able to play my game in important moments. So I'm really happy and proud to win the first title in 2018.”

In the men’s final, qualifier Daniil Medvedev (RUS) proved too strong for wild card and hometown hero Alex De Minaur (NSW), beating him in a thrilling three set showdown 1-6 6-4 7-5. The victory makes Medvedev only the fourth qualifier to take out the Sydney International title since 2003.

“This tournament is amazing for me, because in seven matches I can say that maybe that was my best tournament mentally,” said Medvedev. “I need to be humble with this, because to win this tournament is good, but I want to win some rounds in Australia. Maybe more than just some rounds. Against Thanasi, I'm sure the crowd will be crazy in Melbourne. It's a five-set match, so I just need to do my best at recovery to be good on Tuesday.”

Honouring Tennis NSW’s pledge to donate $20 for every ace served during the tournament, Sydney International tournament director Lawrence Robertson presented a cheque for $14,200 to official tournament charity Fight MND’s Alice Drewett during the men’s final presentation.

The Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open took place at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on Saturday. In the quad singles No.1 seed David Wagner (USA) battled his way through a tough three setter to beat No.2 seed Dylan Alcott (Vic) 3-6 6-4 6-4.

No.7 seed Shingo Kunieda (JPN) beat No.2 seed Alfie Hewett (GBR) 6-4 6-4 in the men’s singles while tournament top seed Yui Kamiji recorded a fighting victory over No.5 seed Aniek Van Koo 3-6 6-2 6-3.

Saturday’s finals rounded off a week of tennis that saw No.3 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) and Yifan Xu (CHN) claim the women’s doubles title over No.1 seeds Latisha Chan (TPE) and Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 6-3 6-1 and top seeds Lukasz Kubot (POL) and Marcelo Melo (BRA) beat Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) and Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-3 6-4 for the men’s doubles title.