Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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Barty wins biggest career title in Zhuhai

Barty wins biggest career title in Zhuhai

The 22-year-old finished her season on a high with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Wang Qiang but the week didn't get off to the best start.

Wang, who has risen to 22nd in the world on the back of a fine run of form, staged a minor comeback to get back on serve at 4-3 but a delightful drop shot handed Barty her third break and she served out to win the set.

"I'm looking forward to a bit of holiday and then getting ready for the Australian summer", Barty, 22, said.

Wang struck the first blow in an 11-minute Muguruza service game, taking her third break point, and the Spaniard was unable to recover from that setback.

With her colourful hair braids, her opponent was the crowd favourite at the Hengqin International Tennis Center, and fans had been hoping to see a repeat performance of Saturday night's semi-final when the 26-year-old crushed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0.

"I didn't think about what to improve", she said.

Muguruza said Wang's performance was "excellent", adding: "She was playing incredible shots and not missing anything".

Madison Keys has withdrawn from the WTA Elite Trophy because of a knee injury.

Barty had her share of luck to even make the tournament decider after losing her opening-round robin-match in straight sets to Aryna Sabalenka.

Wang became the first Chinese player to reach the final in Zhuhai.

The Australian Woman, Ashleigh Barty, rallied past the defending champion Julia Goerges, to reserve a berth in the finals of the WTA Elite Trophy.

However, it was the Australian who came out on top to take the only break of the second set in the seventh game, before serving out her second tournament win of the season after her victory at the Nature Valley Open in June. She's also a delight to watch in action, there's a wow factor in every single match I watch, practice too.

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