Wang was moving gingerly as the first set ended, and appeared to hold back tears as the crowd cheered her every point.
She won her second at the Guangzhou Open last week and yesterday became the first home-grown player to reach the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open after breezing past Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-3, 6-1, extending her win-loss streak on Chinese soil this year to 14-1.
"If I can play as well as she did, I will have a very flawless life".
On the way to the final Aryna Sabalenka beat Spain's world number 22 Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6, 2-6, 6-2, World No.6 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, US world number 62 Sofia Kenin 6-3, 6-3, and Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, the world number 31, 7-5, 6-3.
"She's definitely going to be a tough test for me, especially her playing at home, she's going to have the home court advantage", she said.
Wang is next to face the victor of yesterday evening's match between Estonian Anett Kontaveit and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.
From there, Kontaveit's form was relentless as she continued to smack winners from both sides, tallying 13 in the first set and 18 overall.
The 26-year-old's run of success also included winning an Asian Games gold medal in Indonesia last month, and this week, she upset world No. 7 Karolina Pliskova in the second round. "I'm lucky to get out of that match", Australia's top-ranked player said.
Sabalenka, looking for the second WTA title of her career after clinching the Connecticut Open in August, grew even stronger in the second set as her aggressive and accurate shots often left the 17th-ranked Barty flat-footed.
But while serving for the set, Barty began to wobble. She will next face Aryna Sebalenka, who defeated 2016 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-3. "I'm just trying to do my best and put up my best performance".