Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

WTA roundup: Pliskova into Brisbane remaining

WTA roundup: Pliskova into Brisbane remaining

Karolina Pliskova fought back from a set and a break down to see off Lesia Tsurenko and win her second Brisbane International title on Sunday.

With a place in the biggest final of her career on the line, World No.27 Lesia Tsurenko needed just 65 minutes to dispatch US Open champion and No.2 seed Naomi Osaka to reach the championship match of the Brisbane International, 6-2, 6-4, according to WTA Tennis.

However, she is now expected to pull out of the Sydney International, in which she was due to have a first round rematch with Tsurenko. She said after the match that she didn't know how to cope once things started to go against her.

But Nishikori, who had lost nine consecutive ATP finals over 52 tournaments in almost three years, broke the Russian player's serve on four consecutive points in the final game to clinch the match in just 2 hours, 6 minutes, at Pat Rafter Arena.

The Czech fifth seed enjoyed the victory alongside Stubbs, who has been in her camp since last August providing a tactical and emotional advantage that Pliskova has praised all week.

"So I think that was sort of my main problem".

Much of the attention fell on Osaka, though, who was at a loss to explain why she struggled for fluency against her Ukrainian opponent.

"It is disappointing but I can't complain - I played (qualifiers), I wasn't supposed to make the finals", Andreescu said.

But the 2017 Brisbane champion said she preferred that to being the underdog.

"I think so far (it was) my best match", Pliskova said.

Osaka thrashed the 29-year-old from Ukraine in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows last year before going on to claim her first grand slam title, but the second seed was soundly beaten at Pat Rafter Arena.

"I don't want to say that this was my best tennis, but it was quite a high level", Tsurenko said.

"I think I just dug deep today, and that's important". "I feel more strong now, so I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on court, even when someone like Naomi is playing really strong".

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