Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Keys out of WTA Elite Trophy with knee injury

Garbine Muguruza 2018 Zhuhai Keys loses to Wang, still advances to WTA Elite Trophy semifinals
Rita Gibson | 07 November, 2018, 03:14

Wang, who only progressed to the semi-final after American Madison Keys' withdrawal due to injury before she defeated Garbine Muguruza in the last four, could not make the most of her reprieve as the Australian triumphed in a 6-3 6-4 straight-sets win.

The Australian grew into the semi-final against Germany's Goerges, seeded fifth, and dominated the third set to book her place in Sunday's final.

Barty lost her first round-robin match against Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-4, but a 6-3, 6-4 win over Caroline Garcia was enough for her to qualify for the semi-final on Saturday, when she beat defending champion Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

"I know that whenever I have played Q in the past, it's always been an extremely tough match", Barty told WTA Media.

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 ninth seed imposed herself early in the match, winning the first four games on her way to taking the first set comfortably.

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Wang will face Ashleigh Barty. And the Australian woman clinched the WTA Zhuhai title with an impeccable backhand crosscourt volley.

With it comes a projected rise to No.15 in the world when the WTA rankings are released today, positioning her well to avoid higher-ranked players until at least the fourth round at Melbourne Park. 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's been a great finish in China this week", Barty said after Sunday's win.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest singles title of her career with victory in the WTA Elite Trophy final in Zuhai, China.

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.

"It has been a phenomenal year, it really has".

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