Wang dominates Muguruza to charge into Zhuhai final

Ashleigh Barty Zhuhai 2018

Wang, who claimed the last direct qualifying spot with an annual points total of 2155, bounced back by coming from a set down to defeat Keys in the second round-robin match in the Azalea Group.

"It's been a really, really fantastic year".

Earlier this year, Barty, who took a break from her tennis career to play cricket.

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.

The champion clenched her fists in celebration before hugging her opponent over the net.

The Australian managed to come back from a break down to take the second and showed her improvements in return during the decider to bounce back and seal her first final in Zhuhai.

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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With her colourful hair braids, her opponent was the crowd favourite at the Hengqin International Tennis Center, and fans had been hoping to see a repeat performance of Saturday night's semi-final when the 26-year-old crushed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0.

Meanwhile, China's number one took full advantage of a late call-up to the semi-final tie after American Madison Keys pulled out just hours before the match started.

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

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

"I think I had to try an assert myself a little bit earlier in points", she said.

"However, I'm leaving today so I can go on my vacation finally".

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