The Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai will be contested between German Julia Goerges and American Coco Vandeweghe, as both players eliminated their semifinal opponents with 6-3 6-3 victories.
The seventh-seeded Goerges was absolutely flawless against fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova, hitting 41 winners to 18 errors in a 71-minute match. Moreover, Goerges’ five aces today take her tally for 2017 to 410, which is second on tour to Karolina Pliskova’s total of 452, while only one other woman in history, Serena Williams, has surpassed the 400-ace mark in a single season (2012-15).
The world No.18 Goerges is now into her fifth final of 2017 and on an eight-match winning streak. After the tournament, she’ll be the highest-ranked German WTA player, rising to No.16, while if she wins the title, she’ll have a new career-high of No.14.
Sporting the arctic aqua Asics Fall Athlete Dress, just like Julia Goerges, the second-seeded Vandeweghe recorded a straightforward win over ninth seed Ashleigh Barty, who’s level of play was good as well, except when it came to getting returns back in play. Vandeweghe is projected to crack the Top 10 for the first time in her career when the new rankings are released on Monday.