Brisbane PHOTOS: Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys to face each other in Brisbane final


You can just go through this photo gallery by Jimmie48 and realize who won Saturday’s semifinals at the Brisbane International. Naomi Osaka’s face expressions are especially telling. Nevertheless, I’ll make a recap of today’s semis at the Premier-level tournament.

Eighth seed Madison Keys showed great composure to rally from a set and a break down and defeat 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, seeded fifth, 3-6 6-2 6-3. Keys won nine of 10 games in a remarkable mid-match recovery to reach her first Brisbane final.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova is one match away from becoming the first ever three-time Brisbane International champion after mightily fighting past Naomi Osaka 6-7(10) 7-6(3) 6-2 in two hours and 51 minutes on Saturday night. The third-seeded Osaka said that the match had the intensity of a Grand Slam final, which is definitely backed up by the players’ brutal baseline rallies and the fact that they served 31 aces altogether.

Sunday’s final will be a first career meeting between 2017 and 2019 Brisbane champ Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys.



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