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.”