Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova rallied from a 6-4 5-3 deficit to overcome Lesia Tsurenko and win her second Brisbane International title.
The former world No.1 Pliskova was just two points from defeat when courtside consultations with coach Rennae Stubbs gave her the necessary guidance and confidence boost. From that point on, the Czech won 13 straight points and pulled off a second-set comeback. You know that it never rains but it pours, so after the massive choke in the second set, Ukraine’s Tsurenko rolled her ankle in the second game of the decider, helping her eighth-ranked opponent race through the rest of the match, winning as many as 16 out of 18 points behind her first serve in the third set. Final score: 4-6 7-5 6-2.
Women’s Tennis Blog’s photographer Jimmie48 attended the Brisbane final and then rushed to the Sydney International.
MORE 2019 BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOS:
- Saturday: Tsurenko, Pliskova reach the final, Melichar & Peschke lift doubles trophy
- Friday: Vekic, Pliskova complete semifinal field
- Thursday: Naomi makes semifinals, coach Sascha gets award
- Wednesday: Kvitova, Svitolina, Bertens fall as quarterfinals are set
- Tuesday: Konta upsets Stephens in the first round
- Monday: Main-draw action kicks off on New Year’s Eve
- Sunday: Final round of qualifying + Kids Day
- Saturday: Kvitova, Stephens, Stosur get glamorous, others practice & battle in qualifying
- Friday: Leisure & qualifying, opening of the 2019 season