Elite Trophy: Ashleigh Barty beats Wang Qiang for biggest singles career title

Madison Keys in Zhuhai

"I just relaxed very well, there's no pressure", Wang said. Not many players in the world have that. This year's total prize money is US$2.35 million (S$3.23 million) across the singles and doubles tournaments.

Goerges, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Friday, dropped two service games in the deciding set as her 22-year-old opponent motored to victory.

"This is a hugely significant win for Ash and caps off a year of consistent performances". Additionally, she reaches the career-high ranking and an all-important top-16 seeding at 2019 Australian Open.

"It's been a great finish in China this week", Barty said after Sunday's win.

"It's been a phenomenal year and I'm looking forward to a bit of holiday and then getting ready for the Australian summer".

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

It was Barty's third WTA title after her triumphs on grass at the Nottingham Open earlier this year and at the 2017 Malaysian Open but by far her biggest.

Asked in her post-match press conference about her preparation for the two unexpected matches, Wang said: "Well, I'm not prepared".

Barty, however, took her chance to break in the seventh game and saw out the victory in 83 minutes.

Wang made a good use of the Australian's hasty serve and set the score to 4-3. Both Muguruza and Sevastova had already defeated Zhang Shuai in their opening matches of the Camellia Group, so this final encounter sounded like a knockout match.

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.



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