Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Tennis Karolina Pliskova claims her second Brisbane International crown

Tennis Karolina Pliskova claims her second Brisbane International crown

In two hours and 13 minutes, the former world No.1 came from a set down to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 over her rival, who was playing her first career Brisbane final, reports Efe.

Appearing in the semifinals at the Premier-level event for the second time in her career, the 29-year-old Ukrainian No.2 pulled off a a stunning reversal of the match the pair played in the quarterfinals of the US Open in September to reach the biggest final of her career to date.

After the match, Osaka made a decision to withdraw from the super strong Sydney International where she should have been the third seed behind Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, deciding to take a week off and reset her game before the start of the Australian Open where she is among the favorites for the title.

Osaka's compatriot Kei Nishikori closed in on his first ATP title in almost three years, beating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-2 to move into the title clash. It's going to be tough (in the final).

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.

Karolina Pliskova came from behind today to win the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Brisbane International in three sets against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

"I was just focused on every point and thinking about every shot like it's the most important one".

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But Osaka said Saturday's loss was probably a better learning experience than if she had made the final.

"I think this was a very important match".

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

"I think today I learnt. what I can do to improve the situation", she said.

"Last year I did a lot of that and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have, towards the end of last year".

Fifth seed Pliskova will be a strong favourite to regain the title she won in 2017 after dispatching Donna Vekic 6-3 6-4. "I felt like I was too fast on the court today (Saturday)..."

Kei Nishikori was playing Jeremy Chardy in the first of the men's semifinals, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a night match against fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev.

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