Karolina Pliskova, Brisbane 2019

Rallying from 6-4 5-3 down, only one game from defeat, Karolina Pliskova battled back to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 and clinch her second Brisbane title, her 12th overall. She defeated  Yulia Putintseva, Marie Bouzkova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Donna Vekic en route to the final.
The first time Pliskova won the Brisbane title in 2016, she went on to make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Hopefully for her, she’ll best that performance this year.
Her opponent in the final, Lesia Tsurenko caused a huge upset ousting US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4 in the semifinals. Despite her loss, the Japanese will return to her career-high number 4 ranking.

Elina Svitolina was the defending champion, but lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich – in a repeat of last year’s final – in the second round.

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Photo credit: Andrew Robertson

Lleyton Hewitt

Simona Halep vs Lesia Tsurenko

Tougher match than expected for recent French Open finalist Simona Halep. She gets past world number 144 Lesia Tsurenko in three sets: 6-3 4-6 6-4.

Jerzy Janowicz vs Lleyton Hewitt

Last year semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz double faulted on match point in the third set tie-break, he lost his momentum and Hewitt came back from two sets down to level the match at two sets all. But the Pole emerged the winner 7-5 6-4 6-7(7) 4-6 6-3.
It might have been the last match at Wimbledon for the Australian.

You never know. I’m one injury away from hanging up the bats at any time. I still enjoy doing the hard work and having moments like this, playing five-setters against the best guys in the world.

Photo credit: JBattersbea
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