Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Wang Qiang Stuns Muguruza to reach Zhuhai WTA Elite Trophy final

Wang Qiang Stuns Muguruza to reach Zhuhai WTA Elite Trophy final

China's number one Wang Qiang hailed a "miracle" after she outclassed double grand slam victor Garbine Muguruza on Saturday to book a place in the final of the WTA Elite Trophy.

The 26-year-old booked a spot inside the WTA's Top 20, rising from her current career high of world No. 22. Garbini of the State five times, lost her serve and did not make a single break.

"I know that whenever I have played (Wang) in the past, it's always been an extremely tough match", said Barty.

Wang made a good use of the Australian's hasty serve and set the score to 4-3.

While her service was clicking, Barty's all-court game did the rest and after being forced to save a break point for 2-2, she broke Wang again to go 4-3 up. Her 6-4 6-4 victory promoted Ashleigh Barty from the Orchid Group.

She will now play local hope Wang Qiang who outclassed double grand slam victor Garbine Muguruza.

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

And the Chinese duly became the first woman to reach the final of the tournament, crushing Muguruza 6-2 6-0 in just an hour and 12 minutes in Zhuhai.

Muguruza said Wang's performance was "excellent", adding: "She was playing incredible shots and not missing anything".

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.

Sixth seed Madison Keys pulled out of the WTA Elite Trophy in China with a knee injury on Saturday. The Australian won their last and only head-to-head clash in straight sets earlier this year.

She took full advantage - taking down world No.14 and defending champion Julia Goerges in the semi-final before beating Wang in the decider, collecting $828,000 for her week's work.

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