Goerges rallies past Vandeweghe to lift WTA Elite Trophy
ZHUHAI (Reuters) – German Julia Goerges tamed American CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5 6-1 in the final of the WTA Elite Trophy to claim the biggest title of her career on Sunday.
Vandeweghe, seeded second at the tournament, got an early break and breezed to a 5-2 lead in the opening set before the German staged a brilliant comeback.
The seventh seed, who won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow a fortnight back, broke back while the American was serving for the opening set and went on to win it 7-5.
Vandeweghe won only one of the last 12 games in the match as the 29-year-old pinned her with a barrage of winners.
Goerges was simply unstoppable in the second set and she completed the victory with a crosscourt return winner on her second championship point.
The 29-year-old screamed in delight after completing a stellar year in which she won two titles and reached five finals.
The tournament’s 12-player singles field featured the leading players on the women’s tour who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore while one wildcard was awarded to China’s top-ranked player Peng Shuai.