Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Elite Trophy win tops 'phenomenal' year for Barty

Elite Trophy win tops 'phenomenal' year for Barty

A slew of unforced errors handed her opponent the only break of the set and Barty eventually closed out the match on serve with a backhand smash.

Keys had been due to face Garbine Muguruza in the semi-finals in Zhuhai on Saturday, however, a problem with a left knee forced her withdrawal.

Goerges, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Friday, dropped two service games in the deciding set as her 22-year-old opponent motored to victory.

Wang was a late replacement for original group-stage victor Madison Keys after the American withdrew from the semifinal with a left knee injury.

Wang served seven aces and converted five of seven break points against the overmatched Muguruza to become the first Chinese player to reach the final of the tournament.

And with it comes a projected rise to No.15 in the world when the WTA rankings are released on Monday, positioning her well for an all-important top-16 seeding at January's Australian Open.

The ninth seed grew into the semi-final match against Germany's Goerges, seeded fifth, and dominated the third set to book her place in Sunday's showdown in Zhuhai. "So what I'll just relax tomorrow", She added.

The Australian, Barty took 82 minutes to claim her second title of this year.

"It's been a great finish in China this week", she said.

The win caps another strong year for Barty who had started 2017 ranked 325th in the world after a two-year sabbatical from the game and spending time playing cricket.

The win marks the third title of Barty's career and the second of 2018, following a win at Nottingham earlier this year. "Now we get to go home to celebrate that and then prepare for bigger and better things in 2019, starting with the Australian summer", Barty said.

"These matches are the ones that really count", Muguruza said.

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