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Karolina Pliskova and Kei Nishikori victorious at Brisbane International

09 January, 2019, 08:55 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

The 22-year-old took in-form Kei Nishikori to a three-set final in the Brisbane International on Sunday night, falling 6-4 3-6 6-2 to the World No.9.

South Korean Chung, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals past year, fell at the first hurdle for the second tournament in succession, going down 7-5 6-3 to a player ranked 285 places below him.

Medvedev saved all eight of the break points he faced in an impressive 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic, who was beaten despite serving 29 aces.

Now Medvedev hit back, saving multiple break points in the early stages of the second set and breaking in the eighth game, 5-3.

Nishikori dominated his Russian rival throughout, despite a slight hiccup when one poor service game cost him the second set.

"I'm happy to see him (Tsonga) back", Nishikori said.

"Great final today, I lost to him a year ago in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today", Nishikori added.

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Former world number one Karolina Pliskova lost her way midway through a "strange" encounter with Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday, before recovering to blaze past the Australian 6-1 1-6 6-1 and into the Brisbane International semi-finals.

"I always start with this tournament and Melbourne, [but I] couldn't make it past year".

"I just tried to change the things around a little bit and believed I was going to get a chance".

In addition, both women had to play their semis on championship day due to rain: Sabalenka beat Wang Yafan, 6-2, 6-1, while Riske beat two-time Major finalist, 34-year-old Vera Zvonareva, who retired due to a hip injury, 6-1, 4-2 down.

"Knowing I'm mentally and physically fresh that's when I'm playing my best".

"Rennae said 'I am absolutely sure you can win this match, ' which gave me some confidence and belief that I can do it".

The win is the second time that Pliskova has won the Brisbane International, thanking her Australian coach for rousing her when she was at her low point during the match.

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