Wang Qiang through to final after crushing Muguruza

  • Wang Qiang through to final after crushing Muguruza

Wang Qiang through to final after crushing Muguruza

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

Barty, who took a break from tennis earlier in her career to play cricket, has proved nearly unbeatable when she has won the first set this year as she has solidified her position in the world top 20. She's also a delight to watch in action, there's a wow factor in every single match I watch, practice too.

The tournament features the leading players on the women's tour who didn't qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week.

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.

The 22-year-old won 6-4, 6-4 but because she lost more than seven games to the Belarusian, Barty scraped through the round-robin group following her win over Garcia on Thursday.

Ashleigh Barty recorded the biggest victory of her career after securing the WTA Elite Trophy against home favourite Qiang Wang in Zhuhai.

Ashleigh Barty rallied from a set down to beat defending champion Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals of the WTA Elite Trophy on Saturday.

Barty served out a thrilling first set in 37 minutes with an overhead smash and the second set proved to be a battle of patience for both players.

"I think I had to try an assert myself a little bit earlier in points", she said.

Barty grew into her semi-final, saying "It's always nice to get better as a match goes on".

"There's a tendency to have long games, whether they're return or service games".

Wang made a good use of the Australian's hasty serve and set the score to 4-3.

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