Elite Trophy: Ashleigh Barty beats Wang Qiang for biggest singles career title
Nov 07 2018
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.
Goerges, who played a tough final round-robin match against Elise Mertens on Thursday night, said: "I think my body beat me a bit today, and Ashleigh obviously, too".
As Barty attacked, China's No. 1 was struggling to hold onto her own serve let alone mount a counter-attack, and the Australian sealed the victory with a perfectly executed backhand crosscourt volley.
The Australian only needed 81 minutes to see off Wang in Zhuhai, the Australian cruising to a 6-3 6-4 victory that brings the third tournament win of her career.
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. "I'm very excited that it's finished now, time for some vacation and "relax" time before we gear up for the Australian summer". She's hit a career-high ranking, and she's maintained her spot in the top 20 throughout the year, which is not an easy thing to do. It has been a great finish (to the season) for me in China this week.
In the first semifinal of last year's tournament champion Julia Gorges in three sets lost to the world No. 19 Ashleigh Barty (6:4, 3:6, 2:6).
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.
While her service was clicking, Barty's all-court game did the rest and after being forced to save a break point for 2-2, she broke Wang again to go 4-3 up.
The win makes it her third overall singles title and second for 2018 following her outstanding run at Nottingham in June.