In reaching the WTA Elite Trophy final, for Haddad Maia, it is a potentially deserved finish to a torrid few months for the Brazilian who reached the top 10 for the first time, but suffered injuries and even a shower door exploding on her leaving her with cuts to the body and also only winning a few matches since that point.
But qualifying for the Elite Trophy, she has took her chance to have a strong end to the season easing past Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-1 in the first semi-final on Saturday.
She took one hour and 33 minutes to defeat Kasatkina for the second time in their two meetings. She has yet to drop a set in Zhuhai including in the doubles. She now contests both finals partnering with Veronika Kudermetova in the doubles.
Seeing off Madison Keys and Caroline Garcia before Kasatkina, she went from having no wins in four against top 20 stars to three in a row. She won 80 percent of first serve points and never faced a break point chance from Kasatkina en route to a dominant win.
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Queenwen continues march towards top 10
Next up is the Queen of Zhuhai in Qinwen Zheng who continues an incredible summer going into autumn. She saw off wildcard and fellow Chinese star, Lin Zhu to reach the final in three sets.
It was a gruelling 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win on Saturday and she needed three hours and 19 minutes to win through. After winning Palermo earlier this summer, she has since reached the Quarter-Finals at the US Open, won the Asian Games and then won Zhengzhou Open.
Feasibly after entering the top 20, she could end the year inside the top 10 even and all of this amid recent issues surrounding coaching with Wim Fissette ditching the Chinese No.1 to join forces against with Naomi Osaka. But she sits on the cusp of a third WTA title of the season. Superb from 'Queenwen' but now it will be about getting past Haddad Maia in a top final set.