Injured US ace pulls out of WTA Elite Trophy semi

Injured US ace pulls out of WTA Elite Trophy semi

Wang Qiang made the most of her second opportunity at the WTA Elite Trophy as she hammered Garbine Muguruza to set up a final with Australia's Ashleigh Barty, who ended Julia Goerges' defence.

She needed to come from a set down to oust defending champion Julia Goerges in the last four, and her reward was a comfortable outing on Sunday.

Barty took a 4-0 lead after winning 16 of the opening 22 points in the match but Wang, who was playing her fourth WTA final in as many months didn't back down, winning three consecutive games.

But first, let me take a selfie: Ash Barty celebrates booking her place in the WTA Elite Trophy final.

Her victory makes her the first Chinese player to reach the final in Zhuhai, with the previous best result being Zhang Shuai's semifinal showing in 2016.

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Barty, who topped the tour this year for the percentage of service points won (level with Goerges on 63.3%) before the tournament, has now hit 295 aces this season, behind only tour leader Goerges (484), Karolina Pliskova (393) and Bertens (325).

The 22-year-old, accomplished the titles on grass at the Nottingham Open earlier this year and at 2017 Malaysian Open but by far her biggest. "It's been a great finish in China this week", she said.

"It's been a phenomenal year and I'm looking forward to a bit of holiday and then getting ready for the Australian summer". Wang continued to dominate in the second set as she closed out the match after an hour and 13 minutes without dropping one game.

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

Wang did not initially qualify for Saturday's semi-final, but took advantage of a late call-up following an injury to Madison Keys and cruised to victory over double grand slam victor Garbine Muguruza. She's also a delight to watch in action, there's a wow factor in every single match I watch, practice too.

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