Pliskova into Brisbane final — WTA roundup

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Osaka, who withdrew from next week's Sydney International, said Saturday's experience was better than winning in Brisbane as she gears up for the Australian Open later this month.

Japan's Naomi Osaka lamented her poor attitude following a straight sets thrashing by Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane International semi-finals on Saturday but the US Open victor said defeat came with a valuable lesson.

The Japanese said in quotes on the WTA Tour: "If I'm being really frank, I just feel like I had the worst attitude". Vekic broke Pliskova for an early 2-1 lead, before the former No. 1 found her stride.

However, serving for the match at 5-4, she tightened up and Pliskova won 13 of the next 14 points to level the match. "I feel like I didn't really know how to cope with not playing well".

"It's going to be a big lesson for me, and I'm trying to stay positive".

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The 26-year-old has always been touted as a future victor of a Grand Slam, but despite a stint as world number one, her best result in a major was runner-up to Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open.

The win over the World No.5 is the second Top 5 win of the Ukrainian's career, and comes at the venue where she made her career breakthrough six years ago: in 2013, she made the semifinals as a lucky loser before losing to that year's runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

In addition, the win also assures her return to Czech No.1 status, as she once again supplants Petra Kvitova as top-ranked player from their nation.

"When you're able to turn these matches around, it gives you some extra and different confidence", Pliskova said. Sometimes you just feel terrible, and it's going to happen in Grand Slams for sure because it's for two weeks, so you can not play incredible for two weeks.

"This helpless feeling I have, I think today I learned sort of what I have to do to not fix it, but what I can do to like improve the situation".

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