A CAREER-HIGH ranking and an all-important top-16 seeding at January’s Australian Open look on the cards for Ashleigh Barty after winning the WTA Elite Trophy at Zhuhai in China.

Barty powered to a 6-3 6-4 win on Sunday over local hope Qiang Wang in 82 minutes to claim her second title of a consistent year.

With it comes a projected rise to No.15 in the world when the WTA rankings are released on Monday, positioning her well to avoid higher-ranked players until at least the fourth round at Melbourne Park.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Wang Qiang of China.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Wang Qiang of China.Source: Getty Images

Barty burst out of the blocks against Wang to take a 4-0 lead but, just as it looked like the opening set was over, the Chinese took advantage of some sloppy service games from her opponent to get back to 4-3.

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