Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final:The Asahi Shimbun

Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final:The Asahi Shimbun

Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final:The Asahi Shimbun

The Japanese world No.9 got the monkey off his back in a 6-4 3-6 6-2 defeat of impressive 22-year-old Daniil Medvedev in Sunday night's Brisbane International final.

He'll play fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 7-6 (6), 6-2 victor over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in Sunday's final, where he's hoping to claim his first title since Memphis in 2016.

World number nine Nishikori started slowly, trailing 3-0 in the opening set but responded in typically determined fashion to win six of the next seven games for an early advantage.

But Medvedev offered a strong riposte, levelling the set and then holding with increasing ease to set up a tiebreak, where Tsonga again let slip a firm grip on proceedings as two set points came and went before his opponent closed out the opener.

World No. 5 Osaka was beaten 6-2, 6-4 in 65 minutes by Latvia's Tsurenko, who comfortably broke her opponent's serve four times en route to the biggest final of her career.

Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

Second-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan on Saturday eased into the Brisbane International final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, moving a step closer to his first title since 2016.

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"I felt like I was too fast on the court today - I felt very good".

Tsurenko went on the attack, earned another two match points with a volley victor and clinched it with the second of those.

"I feel nearly home there, so I hope I can do well, better than a quarter-final".

"I don't want to say that this was my best tennis, but it was quite a high level", Tsurenko said.

"I expected something like this before the match - I'd seen him play a couple of times and I knew it would be tough", Tsonga said.

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

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