Pliskova Overturns Poor Start to Clinch Brisbane International

Pliskova Overturns Poor Start to Clinch Brisbane International

Tsurenko will play either fifth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova or Croatia's Donna Vekic in Sunday's final.

Last year's finalist Nishikori, who prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-2, won 70 percent of points on his first serve and converted five out of 15 break point opportunities to snap a nine-match losing streak in finals.

The world no. 5 and the 2nd seed Naomi Osaka had a chance to open her season with the final in Brisbane but she suffered a tough 6-2, 6-4 loss to Lesia Tsurenko in just 65 minutes.

Naomi Osaka delivered a withering assessment of her performance after she was knocked out of the Brisbane International at the semi-final stage.

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.

The 29-year-old Tsurenko, who will now rise to a career-high world ranking of 24th, said she had adopted a new game plan during the off-season.

Tsurenko went on the attack, earned another two match points with a volley victor and clinched it with the second of those.

It was one-way traffic from there as Pliskova, aided by a medical time-out for her opponent after Tsurenko rolled her ankle, seized the initiative and a pair of breaks ensured a comprehensive victory.

The 26-year-old has always been touted as a future victor of a Grand Slam, but despite a stint as world number one, her best result in a major was runner-up to Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open.

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

Karolina Pliskova is enjoying having an Australian in her corner as she navigates towards a second Brisbane International title.

"I think I just dug deep today, and that's important".

"I was trying my best to do it because I knew if I do a little bit of mistake on serve, she will just kill it".

"I feel like I didn't really know how to cope with not playing well", she said.

"I feel like, in a way, that this experience for me is better than winning the tournament", Osaka said.

"I'm hoping to get back on court in maybe two days", Tsurenko said last night.

"Physically and tennis-wise I think it was flawless".

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