Pliskova fights back to win Brisbane International

Pliskova fights back to win Brisbane International

Next up for Tsurenko, who won a title in each of the last four years, will be either fifth seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic or Donna Vekiæ of Croatia.

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.

Tsurenko led 5-4 and served for the lead, and won the first set, as Pliskova hit a backhand return wide.

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The 18-year-old, who is 152nd in the WTA world rankings, looked like she was headed for another stunner when she dominated the first set against the defending champion Goerges. She said after the match that she didn't know how to cope once things started to go against her.

"It's going to be tough", Pliskova said of the battle that awaits on Pat Rafter Arena.

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Her compatriot Kei Nishikori, meanwhile, was in superb form as he demolished Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in the men's semi-finals of the tournament.

"Rennae helped me quite a bit", she said.

"I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have".

Of course I tried, but I felt so far away from playing good tennis.

"I think everything was against me today". "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".

The win over the World No.5 is the second Top 5 win of the Ukrainian's career.

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Karolina Pliskova was seemingly dead and buried in the Brisbane International final, until her Aussie coach sparked her into action.

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

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

"I was moving pretty well today, and of course the serve has been great all week".

Nishikori was runner-up to Dimitrov in 2017 and will go into Sunday's final against either fourth seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as firm favourite.

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