Goerges tops Vandeweghe to win WTA Elite Trophy

Goerges tops Vandeweghe to win WTA Elite Trophy
Julia Goerges of Germany kisses the trophy after winning the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament against Daria Kasatkina of Russia, in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Julia Goerges defeated CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1 in the WTA Elite Trophy final on Sunday.

Goerges fell behind 5-2 in the first set before rallying to win 10 of the next 11 games as she cruised to her second straight WTA title.

"I can't imagine a better ending to this season, two titles in two weeks and this is the biggest one," said Goerges.

Goerges qualified late for the 12-player field in Zhuhai by winning the Kremlin Cup in Moscow two weeks ago. She has won nine matches in a row.

Vandeweghe, who entered the tournament seeded second, dropped five service games against Goerges.

"I felt a little flat today but Julia played really well," said Vandeweghe. "She finished by having a great two weeks. I'm just a little bit disappointed by how flat I came out for a final."

Goerges will move up to a career high of 14 in the year-end WTA rankings.

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.

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