Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a backhand to Ash Barty of Australia during their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) Angelique Kerber won her ninth consecutive match to start the season, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the Sydney International title on Saturday.

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

It was Kerber’s 11th career title.