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

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Along with the 26-year-old, Wang Qiang, who routed the Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to reach the final. It's already a miracle for me to stand on the court.

Muguruza said Wang's performance was "excellent", adding: "She was playing incredible shots and not missing anything". I was ready to play a tough match, either it's Keys or Wang, whoever it is. "I'm a huge fan of Ash as both a player and a person and am absolutely thrilled with this result". And I try my best to play in the correct manner, with sportsmanship, competing, and then obviously with a little bit of flare as well.

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 earlier overcame defending champion Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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.

Barty, however, took her chance to break in the seventh game and finished off the 83-minute victory with a flamboyant backhand smash. "I felt pretty good physically out there".

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However, she was unable to take a point and level it at 4-4.

The Queenslander defeated Caroline Garcia in her second match; the Frenchwoman then going on to beat Sabalenka in their clash to allow Barty to sneak into the semi-finals. "I felt I could not hold it up anymore".

The Elite Trophy features 12 players ranked roughly from nine to 20, and is set to be played in Zhuhai until 2019.

Wang did not initially qualify for Saturday's semi-final, but took advantage of a late call-up following an injury to Madison Keys and cruised to victory over double grand slam victor Garbine Muguruza.

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).

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