No.9 seed Ashleigh Barty moved into the biggest final of her career at the WTA Elite Trophy, knocking out defending champion Julia Goerges in the semifinals.
WTA Staff
November 3, 2018

ZHUHAI, China - Australia's Ashleigh Barty rallied from a set down to reach the final of the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai on Saturday, ending Julia Goerges' title defense.

"It's exciting to be in the last match of the year and give myself an opportunity at the title before heading home and putting my feet up and chilling with the puppies a little bit," Barty said after the match.

"It's always nice to get better as a match goes on. I felt pretty good physically out there. I was looking after my service games as well. So it was just a matter of taking the opportunity if and when it came. But it is certainly nice to get better as the match goes on, but also saying that you'd like to be pretty good right from the get-go.

"There's always room to improve and adjust and try and find a way to get yourself into the match." 

The No.9 seed scored her first career victory against the German No.2, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 after trailing by a set and a break.

"I think I had to try an assert myself a little bit earlier in points. It was a little bit of a serve-off in that last set," the Aussie assessed of her comeback.

"Then when I was able to finally get some momentum and get into Julia's service games, I was able to get into points and work my way into those games and give myself a chance. I think it was pretty close across the board the whole match."

Barty served eight aces in the win, and broke Goerges twice in the second and third sets en route to sealing a one hour, 47-minute victory.

The Aussie will look to win the biggest title of her career against Wang Qiang, who moved into the semifinals as an alternatre when Azaela Group winner Madison Keys withdrew due to a knee injury, and made the most of her second chance with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Garbiñe Muguruza.

The Aussie No.1 scored a straight-sets victory over Wang this year at the Internationaux de Strasbourg prior to the Fench Open.

"I have only played Q on a clay court. I think in both of those matches, it's kind of a fresh slate. We can go into it. Nothing really changes for me. I go out and try to play the same way," Barty said.

"There are some tactical changes that we try to implement and different things that we try and expose from their side. But in the same breath, I get to go out there, and it's one match and then I get to go home and relax. Leave it all out there and do the best that I can and whatever happens, happens."