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Australia's Ashleigh Barty progressed to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy in China on Saturday (Nov 3) after overcoming Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Ashleigh Barty recorded the biggest victory of her career after securing the WTA Elite Trophy against home favourite Qiang Wang in Zhuhai.

She was able to bounce back though with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Caroline Garcia before defeating defending champion Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.

"I just relaxed very well, there's no pressure", Wang said at her post-match press conference.

The German could win in two sets, but in the second game after the break in the third game twice lost her serve and allowed Barty to take the initiative.

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 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai was the last event of the WTA Tour for 2018 with the season seeing Barty finish with a new career high ranking of No.15.

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"My goal is to stay top 20 and try and consolidate as best I can".

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

"It's been a phenomenal year and I'm looking forward to a bit of holiday and then getting ready for the Australian summer".

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.

Barty (R) celebrates her maiden grand slam title earlier this year, the 2018 US Open women's doubles which she won with CoCo Vandeweghe.

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.

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