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Goerges vs Barty WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Defending champion, Goerges takes on Barty in Zhuhai semis

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 2 Nov 2018
  • Julia Goerges vs Ashleigh Barty is live from Zhuhai on Saturday, 3 November from 4:30pm local time/ 8:30am GMT
  • Goerges won their only previous meeting in Birmingham earlier this year
Julia Goerges.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

A day after her 30th birthday, defending champion, Julia Goerges continues her bid for back-to-back titles at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai when she takes Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals.

Goerges and Barty also made the semi-finals in Zhuhai last year- with the German going all the way to claim the title while Barty fell in the last four to Coco Vandeweghe. As is so often the case in these round robin formats, their progress to the semis has been tense and dramatic, especially with Barty, whose eventual qualification was totally out of her hands on the final day of round-robin action as it was dependent on the outcome of another match.

While Barty needed favours from elsewhere, Goerges at least had control of her own fate while she was on court. After losing to Anett Kontaveit in three sets in her opening match, Goerges needed to beat Elise Mertens in straight sets in her second and final group match to qualify for the semis. She made the perfect start, sprinting through the opening set 6-2, but she then slipped into trouble in the second set, when she dropped her serve in the opening game of the set.

Mertens, who only needed to win a set to qualify at Goerges expense, looked set to eliminate the reigning champion when she served for the second set at 5-4, but she couldn’t finish it off as Goerges broke back, before going on to take the set, and the match on a tie break, thus winning the group and moving on to the semi-finals.

Just like last year, when she ended the season with consecutive titles in Moscow and Zhuhai, Goerges is looking to replicate that in 2018. She had won her last tournament of the regular season in Luxembourg, and now stands two wins away from the Zhuhai crown. Luxembourg was her second title of the season, as she had earlier claimed the Auckland title in her first tournament of the year. A fine season also included a final in Charleston, while she recorded her best ever Grand Slam showing with a semi-final at Wimbledon. Goerges also broke into the top ten for the first time in 2018, but with points from last year’s Zhuhai triumph dropping off before the start of the tournament, she is currently ranked 14th. The German will secure her first ever top-ten finish if she retains the title.


Looking to stop Goerges in that quest is Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, who is seeking her first final at the tournament following last year’s semi-final exit. 

Ashleigh Barty. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Barty finished the round robin phase of the tournament with a 1-1 record, losing to Aryna Sabalenka 6-4 6-4, and beating Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-4. Her fate was reliant on some complex mathematics as Sabalenka and Garcia contested the group’s final match on Friday. Sabalenka would have qualified if she took a set off Garcia, while Garcia would have advanced if she won in straight sets, and didn’t lose more than seven games. Any other Garcia straight-sets win, apart from a 7-6 7-6 scoreline, would be good enough to take Barty through. As it turned out, Garcia won 6-4 6-4, missing out on the semis by just whiskers, sending Barty through instead.

The 22-year-old has compiled another solid season, immersing herself into the WTA’s top 20. She spent all but two weeks of 2018 inside that bracket. Note that she was ranked 271st at the start of last season. The high points of her year include a title winning run in Nottingham, while she made the final in Sydney, as well as semi-finals in Wuhan, Montreal and Strasbourg. Barty also reached the fourth round of the US Open- her best Grand Slam singles’ performance.

Barty lost to Goerges in their only previous meeting in Birmingham earlier this year- can she turn that result around and proceed to the final? Or will Goerges be too powerful for the Australian?

Julia Goerges vs Ashleigh Barty is live from Zhuhai on Saturday, 3 November from 4:30pm local time/ 8:30am GMT

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Goerges vs Barty WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Defending champion, Goerges takes on Barty in Zhuhai semis

Julia Goerges continues her Zhuhai title defence on Saturday when she plays Ashleigh Barty. Can Goerges maintain her quest for back-to-back titles? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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