Pliskova lifts Brisbane International crown

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2019 12:22:55


 

BRISBANE,

FORMER world number one Karolina Pliskova battled back from a set and a break down to beat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 and win the Brisbane International for the second time on Sunday. Tsurenko served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but the tall Czech drew on all her experience to overcome her dogged opponent and regain the title she won at the Queesnland Tennis Centre two years ago.


The Ukrainian took an injury time out after rolling her ankle while being broken in the first game of the third set and was powerless to prevent the world number eight from storming to her 12th career title. Japan’s Kei Nishikori takes on Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s final looking for his first ATP title in nearly three years.  Brilliant Nishikori claims Brisbane title: JAPANESE star Kei Nishikori claimed his first title since 2016 when he downed Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday.


The Japanese star had not won a tournament since Memphis in 2016 and was hampered by a wrist injury the following year which forced a break from the 2018 tour.
He was runner-up in Brisbane in 2017 but went one better this year in a superb final.  Nishikori dominated his Russian rival throughout, despite a slight hiccup when one poor service game cost him the second set.


The second seed started slowly and went down 0-3 to the Russian.But he recovered to break back and then seized the advantage at 3-3 when he broke Medvedev again, taking the first set in 42 minutes.