Tuesday, 26 March, 2019

Ashleigh Barty wins biggest title of career with WTA Elite Trophy Triumph

Garbine Muguruza Garbine Muguruza is a two-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one
Cassandra Castillo | 05 November, 2018, 12:23

Barty joined the WTA Insider Podcast after her title run in Zhuhai, which saw her tally strong wins over Caroline Garcia, Julia Goerges, and home favorite Wang Qiang in Sunday's final.

If that holds up, Serena will face higher-ranked players earlier at the Australian Open, while Barty won't.

Wang served seven aces and converted five of seven break points against the overmatched Muguruza to become the first Chinese player to reach the final of the tournament.

Wang looked well-positioned to get back into the match but couldn't fashion a break against Barty and ultimately paid for her missed chances in the seventh game.

Ashleigh Barty came into the 2018 season simply hoping to consolidate her phenomenal 2017 comeback season, which saw her win two titles and finish the season at No.17.

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"I'm looking forward to a bit of holiday and then getting ready for the Australian summer", Barty, 22, said.

Barty, who took a break from tennis earlier in her career to play cricket, has proved nearly unbeatable when she has won the first set this year as she has solidified her position in the world top 20.

It is her third WTA singles title, adding to her breakthrough 2017 trophy at the Malaysian Open and this year's grasscourt win in Nottingham.

Wang, 26, earned her place in the final by beating Garbine Muguruza on Saturday, having been drafted in to play the semi-final after Madison Keys withdrew with a knee injury.

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