WTA Tour

Kerber looks to extend winning streak

Angelique Kerber (Getty Images)
Angelique Kerber (Getty Images)

Sydney - 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. 

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. 

"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. 

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.

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
44% - 5631 votes
Cricket
11% - 1398 votes
Football
19% - 2344 votes
Athletics
2% - 286 votes
Boxing
1% - 111 votes
Cycling
2% - 284 votes
Golf
5% - 622 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1002 votes
Tennis
3% - 395 votes
Water sports
1% - 111 votes
American sports
1% - 123 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 363 votes
Vote