The 23-year-old Australian wrapped up the straight units victory, her first in six makes an attempt in opposition to her Ukrainian opponent, in a single hour 26 minutes to say a $Four.42 million prize purse.
Barty, who began the yr ranked 15th, has ended it with 4 titles, together with her first grand slam within the French Open at Roland Garros, and the highest rating.
The high-quality remaining hinged on a couple of key moments, but it surely was former cricketer turned tennis star Barty who seized the alternatives.
It was her first look within the WTA Finals, the tip of season occasion reserved for the highest eight ranked gamers, and he or she turns into solely the fifth participant to carry the title on her debut.
“It has been an unbelievable yr for me,” mentioned Barty, additionally paying tribute to her coach Craig Tyzzer who has guided her from the decrease reaches of the WTA rankings in 2016 to her present heights.
“My workforce is one of the best however clearly I am biased,” she added.
“Barty had an incredible event and an incredible yr,” was the crushed Svitolina’s verdict.
With such a large prize at stake, Svitolina stood to pocket $Four.725 million as a result of she had received all her three group round-robin matches, each gamers made quick begins, simply holding service within the first eight video games.
Barty got here underneath stress on her personal supply within the ninth, saving the primary break level in opposition to her, earlier than making her transfer on Svitolina’s service, creating three set factors, taking the final with a clear forehand winner.
Barty seemed set to take management, however within the third sport of the second set she paid the worth for some misjudged floor strokes and a double fault to be damaged and path Svitolina 2-1.
Nonetheless, the Queenslander selected that second to supply her finest tennis of the match, breaking again and profitable the subsequent three video games to steer Four-2.
Svitolina, looking for her first title since profitable the WTA Finals in Singapore final yr, was nonetheless not achieved and broke Barty for a second time within the set to path Three-Four, again on service.
With one other marathon encounter between the pair seemingly looming, it was Barty who stepped up once more to interrupt Svitolina for a 3rd time within the set earlier than serving out to like to say a well-known victory.
It was the primary staging of the WTA Finals within the southern Chinese language metropolis of Shenzhen, carrying with it a large complete prize pool of $14 million and file purses for both males’s or ladies’s tennis to the winner.
The ultimate might have produced an attractive encounter and worthy winner, however there was criticism of the gradual courtroom floor and the event was additionally hit by various accidents throughout matches.
Swiss star Belinda Bencic give up whereas trailing Four-1 within the deciding set of her semifinal with Svitolina, whereas Kiki Bertens and US Open champion Bianca Andreescu suffered comparable fates within the spherical robin part.
For the indefatigable Barty the yr remains to be not lastly over as she can be spearheading Australia’s Fed Cup remaining bid in opposition to France subsequent weekend.
Djokovic takes Paris Masters
In the meantime on the lads’s ATP Tour, Novak Djokovic took a file fifth Paris Masters title with a straight units victory over Canadian hopeful Denis Shapovalov in Sunday’s remaining.
The Serbian high seed beat his 20-year-old opponent 6-Three 6-Four to maintain up his bid to finish the yr as the lads’s top-ranked participant for the sixth time, equaling the file held by Pete Sampras.
Shapovalov solely reached the ultimate after Rafael Nadal withdrew with a muscle pressure forward of their semifinal and couldn’t stress Djokovic in a usually one-sided match.
Regardless of the harm setback, Nadal will take over from Djokovic on the high of the rankings Monday, however his participation within the ATP Finals which begin in London on November 10 is unsure.