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Angelique Kieber Seeks Redemption At Australian Open

Angelique Kerber looks forward to the Australian Open after crashing out early at the Brisbane International.

She however insists she is happy with her game heading into her final warm-up at Sydney.

The world number one, preparing to defend her title at the opening Grand Slam of the year at Melbourne Park, was unexpectedly dumped from the Brisbane tournament in the quarter-finals Thursday by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

Despite the 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat, Kerber is content with her form as she prepares to tackle the WTA/ATP Sydney International, which gets underway on Sunday.

“I’m happy with my start (to the year). Of course I’m obviously disappointed with how I lost in the quarters,” she said. “But I can take the positives out of the tournament.”

Kerber headlines a women’s draw in Sydney that features 11 of the world’s top 20 in their final outing before the Australian Open starting January 16.

The left-hander had a breakthrough 2016, winning two Grand Slams on her way to becoming the first German world number one since Steffi Graf in 1996.

“I have had two good matches in Brisbane. I will try to have a few more matches before Melbourne (in Sydney),” she said.

Challenging her in Sydney will be the 2013 champion and world number three Agnieszka Radwanska, along with fifth-ranked Dominika Cibulkova, who also crashed in the last eight at Brisbane.

Kerber’s Brisbane conqueror Svitolina is also due to play, as is US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, 10th-ranked Johanna Konta, and veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova who won the title last year.

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