WTA roundup: Pliskova rallies for second Brisbane title

Brisbane International 2019 day six rolling coverage Osaka vs Tsurenko Nishikori vs Chardy Alcott vs Davidson

Brisbane International 2019 day six rolling coverage Osaka vs Tsurenko Nishikori vs Chardy Alcott vs Davidson

Tsurenko will play Czech Karolina Pliskova in Sunday's final after the fifth seed beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4.

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 frankly stated she had the "worst attitude" as Lesia Tsurenko knocked her out of the Brisbane International to set up a final against Karolina Pliskova.

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.

A rolled ankle in the second game of the deciding set didn't help the unseeded Ukrainian, who was left to ponder what went wrong.

Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine celebrates her victory over Japan's Naomi Osaka in their women's semi-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 5, 2019.

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

I feel like previous year I did a lot of that.

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"I think this was a very important match".

Teenage qualifier Bianca Andreescu is into her maiden final after stunning No. 3 seed Su-wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

"I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that, but then the ball wouldn't go in, and then I would go back to being, like, childish and stuff".

The third set was all Pliskova as she broke Tsurenko twice to wrap up the final in two hours, 12 minutes.

"I don't want to say that this was my best tennis, but it was quite a high level", Tsurenko said. "I served well, I returned well - I think that was the key today - and I was moving well, that was fantastic".

"I think everything was against me today".

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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