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Kvitova beats Barty in Sydney International women’s final

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Sidney Guerrero | 14 January, 2019, 18:14

Australian 19-year-old Alex de Minaur has qualified for his second consecutive Sydney International final after disposing of France's Gilles Simon in straight sets.

Speaking immediately after his semi-final win, De Minaur slammed the Australian Open tournament organisers for being scheduled to play on the opening day of the tournament today just over 48 hours since playing his semi-final and final in Sydney.

"It's surreal. I couldn't think of a better place to get my first win", said De Minaur, who has become the youngest victor in Sydney since mentor Lleyton Hewitt claimed the title in 2001. "It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way".

"Not to win at home, I'm sorry", Kvitova said.

The Aussie needed an hour and 34 minutes to wrap up the win and get the more comfortable part of his busy day done, saving all five break points he faced to notch a 6-3, 6-2 victory and book the place in the final.

Thompson, 24, had broken his teammate's serve early in the second set, but it was not enough to hold back the 19-year-old De Minaur.

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"It's an incredible feeling, especially doing it at home, in front of my family and friends".

The up-and-coming star's straight sets victory is the ideal warm-up two days out from his first-round Australian Open clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

De Minaur is one of the few big names playing in the Sydney tournament the week before the Open, with only four of the world's top 30 playing at the event and another six playing in Auckland.

Both women broke each other three times in the third set, including back-to-back efforts from Barty as Kvitova served for the championship twice.

"That's pretty much all I can ask from myself". "That's the way final should be, I think", Kvitova said. I mean, this is why I have done all the hard work in the preseason.

"It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way". I played three times in the night, so for me it was totally different conditions, which from the beginning I feel very, very slow.

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