De Minaur claims Sydney title, his 1st career ATP tournament win

Alex de Minaur

In doing so, he became the youngest victor of the Sydney International since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, and the first home talent to claim the prize since Bernard Tomic in 2013.

Regardless, it showed world No.15 Barty is ready to challenge anyone at next week's Australian Open.

"To finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it's something that's really special in front of friends and family and on the courts I grew up [on]".

Barty led the deciding set 3-0 before Kvitova began a comeback to win her 26th WTA title.

In the first, Alex dropped his serve immediately before breaking back in the 6th game (3-all); in the second set was broken again in the 7th game (3-4), but then he leveled immediately after (4-4).

'I knew coming in that if I wanted to come away with a trophy, I was going to have to play two really tough matches, ' he said. I played three times in the night, so for me it was totally different conditions, which from the beginning I feel very, very slow.

Alex De Minaur is ready to go today according to his manager David Drysdale.

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He will fly to Melbourne on Sunday ahead of his first-round match against Portugal's Pedro Sousa on Monday afternoon. Petra Kvitova won 2-1.

Sharma prevailed against countrywoman Priscilla Ho 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an enthralling contest on the outside courts lasting two hours and nine minutes.

Seppi, also 34, is playing in his first final in three and a half years after beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Friday, having not won a tournament since 2012.

She more than doubled her prize money courtesy of the win over the wildcard Ho, earning $85,000, and it is just reward after she took a punt on a U.S. college scholarship to Vanderbilt University in Nashville after sustaining a broken ankle early in her career.

His reward is a return on Wednesday to play Mirza Basic or Henri Laaksonen for a likely third-round shootout with the great Rafael Nadal.

"I wasn't doing too well in the pro circuit and ended up going to Vandy and definitely the coaches there took me under their wing and developed me for a good four, five years", Sharma said.

Both Hives and Birrell were granted wildcards to the main draw and they repaid the faith shown by tournament organisers with impressive straight-sets victories.

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