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Julia Goerges rallies past CoCo Vandeweghe to lift WTA Elite Trophy

Goerges rallies past Vandeweghe to lift WTA Elite Trophy
By Reuters

05/11/2017 at 10:01Updated 05/11/2017 at 15:35

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.

Julia Goerges of Germany kisses her trophy after defeating Daria Kasatkina of Russia

Julia Goerges of Germany kisses her trophy after defeating Daria Kasatkina of RussiaReuters

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.

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