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Vandeweghe, Goerges advance to WTA Elite Trophy final

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ZHUHAI, China — Julia Goerges will take on CoCo Vandeweghe in the WTA Elite Trophy final on Sunday.

Vandeweghe advanced with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win over rising Australian star Ashleigh Barty on Saturday, while Goerges held serve throughout in her 6-3, 6-3 victory over seventh-seeded Anastasija Sevastova.

“I think my results through my whole career have always been early exits or I go deep in tournaments,” Vandeweghe said. “I play better the more I play on the court. I like to compete. I feel more comfortable, more confident with my strokes.”

Vandeweghe is looking for her first WTA title of the year. After this tournament she will travel to Minsk to be part of the United States team at the Fed Cup final against Belarus.

Goerges has won eight straight matches, including the Kremlin Cup title in Moscow last month.

“I would say it probably helps me a bit to have played already a lot of finals this year and to just come from a tournament win,” the German said.

The tournament in Zhuhai features the leading players on the women’s tour who didn’t qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week. The 12-player draw was divided into four groups of three, with the winner of each group advancing to the semifinals.

Vandeweghe Opens WTA Elite Trophy with win

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ZHUHAI, China — Second-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe has opened the WTA Elite Trophy tournament with a comeback 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Chinese wild-card entry Peng Shuai.

Vandeweghe overcame a slow start and two service breaks in the first set Tuesday, recovering to finish with six aces and convert five of her eight breakpoint chances against Peng in the Bougainvillea group.

“The match was very difficult for me. I wasn’t really making good contact with the ball, wasn’t really making enough balls in court, and I was just very sloppy at the start,” Vandeweghe said. “That allowed her to start well into the match, and I just had to keep fighting my way back.”

Seventh-seeded Julia Goerges opened with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over No. 10 Magdalena Rybarakova in the Azalea group.

The tournament in Zhuhai features the leading players on the women’s tour who didn’t qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week, in addition to the wildcard awarded to Peng. The 12-player draw is divided into four groups.

Angelique Kerber, who finished 2016 at No. 1 in the rankings, was playing fourth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuenkova in a night match in the Rose group.

Keys routs Vandeweghe to reach U.S. Open final

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NEW YORK — Madison Keys dominated CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 to reach her first Grand Slam final.

The No. 15 seed will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Saturday in the first U.S. Open final between American players since Serena Williams beat Venus Williams in 2002.

Keys had no problem with the No. 20 seed Vandeweghe or with an upper right leg injury that caused her to call the trainer to be taped midway through the second set.