Ashleigh Barty wins career best WTA Elite Trophy title

Garbine Muguruza reaches semifinals at WTA Elite Trophy

Garbine Muguruza reaches semifinals at WTA Elite Trophy

Goerges crumbled in the third, Barty claiming her first career win over the German 4-6 6-3 6-2.

After wining an 11-minute game full of lengthy rallies at 3-2, Wang converted her third break point to take the early lead.

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

Serving at 5-4 up, she faced three break points at 0-40 down, but managed to claw back to clinch the set.

The two-time grand slam victor from Spain won her final round-robin match - effectively a playoff for a semifinal spot - 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.

"It's been a great finish in China this week", said Barty, who completes her season in the best possible way.

"After yesterday's match I wanted to win today, but I was not really thinking about qualifying for the semi-final".

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

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.

Barty feared her tournament was over after her round robin stage debut in Zhuhai ended with defeat to Aryna Sabalenka - but a key result fell her way before she overwhelmed defending champion Julia Gorges in Saturday's first semi-final, 4-6 6-3 6-2. The Australian won their last and only head-to-head clash in straight sets earlier this year.

"I just relaxed very well, there's no pressure", Wang said.

As Barty attacked, China's No. 1 was struggling to hold onto her own serve let alone mount a counter-attack, and the Australian sealed the victory with a perfectly executed backhand crosscourt volley.

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