Ashleigh Barty through to Zhuhai final with win over Goerges

Grant SmithNov 07, 2018

ASHLEIGH Barty originally figured she would have left China already but, instead, Australia's leading female tennis player is through to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy.

Goerges crumbled in the third, Barty claiming her first career win over the German 4-6 6-3 6-2.

She needed to come from a set down to oust defending champion Julia Goerges in the last four, and her reward was a comfortable outing on Sunday.

Wang looked well-positioned to get back into the match but couldn't fashion a break against Barty and ultimately paid for her missed chances in the seventh game.

While Barty flourished, Wang sprayed the ball wide and long all too often and, although she got back into the set, nothing was going to stop her opponent moving ahead.

The win makes it her third overall singles title and second for 2018 following her outstanding run at Nottingham in June.

Also, she bags $2.35 million from the tournament for the 12 best-ranked players who failed to qualify for the WTA Finals. Barty consolidated her level in tennis and broke into the top 20 in the world.

The writing looked to be on the wall when Barty fell a set and a break down, but she demonstrated admirable resilience to force what proved a one-sided decider. It has been a great finish (to the season) for me in China this week.

"It's been a phenomenal year and I'm looking forward to a bit of holiday and then getting ready for the Australian summer". "So what I'll just relax tomorrow", She added. Wang continued to dominate in the second set as she closed out the match after an hour and 13 minutes without dropping one game.

Wang, 26, earned her place in the final by beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Saturday, having been drafted in to play the semifinal after American Madison Keys withdrew with a knee injury.

Barty (R) celebrates her maiden grand slam title earlier this year, the 2018 US Open women's doubles which she won with CoCo Vandeweghe.

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