Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barty downs Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy

Barty downs Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy

Wang was a late replacement for original group-stage victor Madison Keys after the American withdrew from the semifinal with a left knee injury.

The American was due to play the Spaniard on Saturday evening at the Hengqin International Tennis Centre for a place in the final.

She joins Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Germany's Julia Goerges in Saturday's semifinals.

Keys, 23, will be replaced by 26-year-old Wang Qiang, who finished second in their round-robin group with Daria Kasatkina.

Ash Barty has landed a big blow on Serena Williams after winning her third-career WTA title.

China's number one did not initially qualify for the tie, but took advantage of a late call-up following an injury to Madison Keys and cruised to victory over double grand slam victor Muguruza. Keys will go through if she beats China's Wang in straight sets later on Friday. 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.

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Barty's 6-3, 6-4 win over Garcia means the French star ended up bottom of the group of three.

"Tomorrow I will do my best and not think too much on the result. So it's still a win, but, of course, it's disappointment to finish third".

Barty stormed out of the blocks with two breaks to race into a 4-0 lead, with her Chinese opponent registering just six points as the 22-year-old dominated the early exchanges.

However, it was the Australian who came out on top to take the only break of the second set in the seventh game, before serving out her second tournament win of the season after her victory at the Nature Valley Open in June.

Now in its fourth year the Elite Trophy features 12 players ranked roughly from nine to 20. This year she's won her first grand slam title, in doubles at the US Open, where she also picked up the sportsmanship award.

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