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Kerber's return to form should help her see off Cibulkova in Sydney

Coach change appears to have helped

Angelique Kerber chases down a ball against Lucie Safarova
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BT Sport 1, 2am Thursday

Angelique Kerber endured a modest 2017 campaign as she plummeted from number one in the world to her current ranking of 22 but the two-time Grand Slam champion is showing signs of life on the eve of the Australian Open.

Kerber, a winner at Melbourne and the US Open in 2016, teamed up with Johanna Konta's former coach Wim Fissette in the off season and the results have been positive so far.

The 29-year-old competed alongside Alexander Zverev in last week's Hopman Cup and scored group-stage singles victories over Elise Mertens, Genie Bouchard and Daria Gavrilova before ending Belinda Bencic's 18-match unbeaten run in the final.

Despite failing to win a trophy last week, Kerber has picked up where she left off with battling wins over Lucie Safarova and Venus Williams at the WTA Sydney International.

She faces Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals in Sydney on Thursday and should be backed to continue her fine form.

Cibulkova is also playing well after a moderate 2017 campaign, but Kerber has won five of their last six meetings and, with her confidence seemingly restored under Fissette's guidance, should continue to boss their recent rivalry.

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Kerber, a winner at Melbourne and the US Open in 2016, teamed up with Johanna Konta's former coach Wim Fissette in the off season
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