Wang Qiang vs Ashleigh Barty
|Date & Time||Sunday November 4, 2018, 4:00 AM (EST)|
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Ashleigh Barty will play Wang Qiang in the final of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy in China.
It has been a surprising tournament for Wang as she received a second chance by getting a spot in the semifinals thanks to an injury to Madison Keys. In the semifinals, Wang performed to her ability as she dominated Garbine Muguruza to win in straight sets. Wang served exceptionally well as she won close 75% of the points played on her serve which allowed her to win 100% of her service games. In addition to that, Wang also returned serve exceptionally well as she won 4 break points to secure a comfortable victory. Wang is playing in her home country and she has been receiving great support from the crowd. With form on her side and the crowd behind her, Wang Qiang will be hard to beat.
On the other side of the court, Ashleigh Barty beat Julia Gorges in 3 sets to secure her spot in the final. Barty lost the opening set but managed to win the second and third set with ease. Barty’s serve was her biggest asset in her semi-final as it allowed her to control most of the second and third sets. Barty will have the crowd against her as Wang is the hometown hero which will place the Australian at a disadvantage.
Wang Qiang and Ashleigh Barty have played once in the past. The match was at this season’s WTA Strasbourg where Barty won in straight sets.
This should be a close match but I am going to pick Wang Qiang to win. Wang has had an outstanding Asian leg of the WTA tour and she looks to be getting a big boost from the home crowd. Having had a dominant win in the semifinals, I am picking Wang Qiang to win the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy