Karolina Pliskova launches fightback to claim Brisbane crown

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World No.8 Karolina Pliskova has made a strong statement to kick off her Australian summer, after she overcame a major scare to claim her second Brisbane International title from courageous Ukrainian, Lesia Tsurenko.

Karolina Pliskova has won her second Brisbane International title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after being just two points from defeat.

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

The Japanese second seed has never played at the Sydney International.

Osaka turned her quarterfinal around on some coach's advice after losing the first set, but she wasn't able to replicate the pattern against the No. 27-ranked Tsurenko, who dominated the first set with two service breaks. Hit and go. I don't care if you lose this match right now, I want to see you do the right thing.

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For the opening hour of the match, Pliskova looked to be frustrated and out of sorts while Tsurenko was extremely composed.

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 world No.8 has had a shadow all week in the form of former Australian doubles champion-turned commentator Rennae Stubbs, who has worked with her since August a year ago.

"I always had super confident coaches. they are more confident than me", she laughed.

"I think everything was against me today".

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"I feel better with my serve and that I am moving well", she said.

"I don't know what really changed at 5-4", Tsurenko said. "I feel I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on court now, 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. "I felt like I was too fast on the court today (Saturday)..."

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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