Ashleigh Barty secures dream end to year with Zhuhai success

Aubrey Yates
November 7, 2018

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. "I'm very excited that it's finished now, time for some vacation and "relax" time before we gear up for the Australian summer".

ASHLEIGH Barty originally figured she would have left China already but, instead, Australia's leading female tennis player is through to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy.

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

The German could win in two sets, but in the second game after the break in the third game twice lost her serve and allowed Barty to take the initiative. This year's total prize money is $2.35 million across the singles and doubles tournaments. She extended her head-to-head record against Sevastova to 3-1 having defeated the Latvian in straight sets at 2016 Beijing and the 2017 Australian Open.

The world number 22 looked calm and focused during the 73-minute semi-final, while Muguruza appeared out of sorts and frustrated, clattering her racket on to the court in the second set.

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Barty took a break from tennis between 2014 and 2016 to play cricket in the Women's Big Bash League for the Brisbane Heat and for Queensland Fire in the one day competition.

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

Barty lost her first round-robin match to Aryna Sabalenka 4-6, 4-6, but a 6-3, 6-4 win over Caroline Garcia was enough for her to qualify for the semifinal.

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

The former first racket of the world Garbinie of NY, which occupies 17-e a place in the world ranking, the cameraman obscenely expressed.

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