Pliskova overhauls Tsurenko to win Brisbane title

Pliskova overhauls Tsurenko to win Brisbane title

Pliskova overhauls Tsurenko to win Brisbane title

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was denied a first ATP Tour final appearance since October 2017 as he was beaten 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 by Daniil Medvedev in the last four of the Brisbane International on Saturday.

"I lost to him [Medvedev] previous year in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today".

"I was really nervous and he started wonderful", Medvedev said.

"Even if I lost today, I think I was very confident, and some of the matches I played some of the best [players]".

The 2014 U.S. Open finalist served for the match at 5-1 in the third set, but Medvedev earned a temporary reprieve when he broke the Japanese player's serve to extend the match.

The Russian, now ranked 16 in the world, then fought back in the second set and earned the vital break that enabled him to serve out the set 6-3. "I've never had a match like this, but I'm happy I'm back in the semis", Pliskova, who fired 14 aces and 27 winners, said.

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· Karolina Pliskova won her second Brisbane title, coming back from a set and 5-3 down in the second set to beat Lesia Tsurenko, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

It was an ideal start to the New Year for the world number nine, which will put him in great heart for the Australian Open which starts a week on Monday.

"Despite the many chances that he had, I managed to hold my serves so I'm happy about it and the win... to see that what I have been working on in the off-season works in Brisbane is already a good sign".

Indeed, Nishikori was unable to play the Australian swing at all a year ago, choosing to build back his form via Challenger events, and it worked.

"He played like a top 10 player tonight and I gave him a fight". "So I think like that was sort of my main problem today".

The 30-year-old Spaniard missed much of last year with injury, but beat both Stan Wawrinka and world No1 Novak Djokovic on his way to his first title since Dubai last year. "So hopefully this isn't a recurring thing". Jeremy Chardy to reach the Brisbane International final.

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