Barty downs Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy

Barty downs Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy

The Spaniard, a two-time Grand Slam champion, also saved eight of 12 break points against her second-seeded opponent.

"It's been a great finish in China this week", said Barty, who completes her season in the best possible way.

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

And after a slow start on Saturday night (AEDT) the popular world No.19 made the most of her good fortune with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory over Goerges.

The American was due to play Garbine Muguruza on Saturday evening at the Hengqin International Tennis Centre in Zhuhai for a place in Sunday's final.

In the final of the WTA Elite Trophy Ashleigh Barty will compete for the third title in his career.

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"I know that whenever I have played (Wang) in the past, it's always been an extremely tough match", said Barty. This time, she surrendered to Barty in straight sets before beating Sabalenka for the first time in her career.

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's been a phenomenal year and I'm looking forward to a bit of holiday and then getting ready for the Australian summer". Keys will go through if she beats China's Wang in straight sets later on Friday.

"I wanted to win today, but I was not really thinking about qualifying for the semifinal", Garcia said.

Barty stormed out of the blocks with two breaks to race into a 4-0 lead, with her Chinese opponent registering just six points as the 22-year-old dominated the early exchanges. Both Muguruza and Sevastova had already defeated Zhang Shuai in their opening matches of the Camellia Group, so this final encounter sounded like a knockout match.

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