Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final

Frustrated Naomi Osaka withdraws from Sydney after a poor Brisbane match

The Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova on Sunday secured her 12th WTA title with a victory over Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko at the final of Brisbane International.

A courtside pump-up from Australian coach Rennae Stubbs revived Pliskova, who won 13 straight points as Tsurenko went from serving for the championship to trailing in the decider in the blink of an eye.

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

The match then continued to go her way when Tsurenko rolled her ankle while down 1-0 in the third set.

The 21-year-old second seed went into the match as firm favourite but looked flat from the outset, as the Ukrainian world No. 27 raced through the match in just 65 minutes.

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No. 2 seed Julia Goerges of Germany ended the surprising run by Canadian teenage qualifier Bianca Andreescu, beating her 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the final in Auckland, New Zealand.

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

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.

She's ranked No. 5 in the world, will enter the season-opening major as a reigning Grand Slam champion, and is trying not to sulk.

But Osaka said Saturday's loss was probably a better learning experience than if she had made the final. "I feel like I didn't really know how to cope with not playing well". But then the ball wouldn't go in and then I would go back to being childish.

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

"This helpless feeling I have, I think today I learned sort of what I have to do to not fix it, but what I can do to like improve the situation".

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

In the later men's final, No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori attempted to win his first title since Memphis in 2016 when he played fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev.

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