Muguruza bounces back past Sevastova into semis

Wang Qiang

Wang Qiang

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

"I know that whenever I have played Q in the past, it's always been an extremely tough match", Barty told WTA Media.

But Wang hit back with two breaks of her own to reduce the deficit to 4-3, only to give her serve away in a lengthy eighth game.

Goerges, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Friday, dropped two service games in the deciding set as her 22-year-old opponent motored to victory.

Garbiñe Muguruza, the No.7 seed, won the Camellia Group as she saved three match points before completing a dramatic 6-7 (4) 6-2 7-6 (1) win over Anastasija Sevastova. It has been a great finish (to the season) for me in China this week.

Wang was a late replacement for original group-stage victor Madison Keys after the American withdrew from the semifinal with a left knee injury. Keys needed only to win one set to advance.

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The Queenslander defeated Caroline Garcia in her second match; the Frenchwoman then going on to beat Sabalenka in their clash to allow Barty to sneak into the semi-finals.

The tournament features the leading players on the women's tour who didn't qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week.

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.

The ninth seed imposed herself early in the match, winning the first four games on her way to taking the first set comfortably.

Asked what she will be doing now that the season has finished, Barty said: "Now we get to go home to celebrate and then prepare for bigger and better things in 2019, starting with the Australian summer".

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