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Brisbane | Pliskova recovers in time

Brisbane | Pliskova recovers in time

The fifth seeded Karolina Pliskova used all her big match experience as she came from a set down to overhaul Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko and claim the Brisbane International title for a second time, but she had to turn the final around to record a valiant victory recovering from two points of defeat.

When you're able to turn these matches around, it gives you some extra and different confidence Karolina PLiskova

The unseeded Tsurenko looked to be headed for the biggest win of her career when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set when she looked to have turned her ankle, allowing Pliskova to come storming back to win 4-6 7-5 6-2 in what was a heavy hitting battle off the baseline.

In the decider the 26-year-old took control breaking her opponent twice to run out the champion after two hours and 12-minutes of tense play.

The Brisbane title is the 12th of the world number eight’s career and sets her in good stead ahead of the Australian Open.

“I just felt somehow tired from the beginning of the day,” the Czech admitted after her triumph. “I was missing my shots, just not feeling the timing perfectly. I was sleeping bad. So everything was somehow going the other way.”

Nonetheless she was satisfied with the result. “When you’re able to turn these matches around, it gives you some extra and different confidence,” she added.

“So it’s not about only playing well. Sometimes you just feel horrible, and it’s going to happen in Grand Slams for sure because it’s for two weeks, so you cannot play amazing for two weeks. I think I just dug deep today, and that’s important.”

A disappointed Tsurenko was puzzled as to what happened to derail her. “I don’t know what really changed at 5-4,” she said. “I think we had the great fight until 5-4, and then suddenly, I don’t know, maybe she raised her level so much that I was not ready for that. It’s going to be a big lesson for me, and I’m trying to stay positive.”


About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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