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Osaka says poor attitude cost her Brisbane semifinal

Osaka says poor attitude cost her Brisbane semifinal

The reigning US Open champion and world number five suffered a surprise 6-2 6-4 defeat to Lesia Tsurenko, who set up a final showdown with Karolina Pliskova after the Czech fifth seed dispatched Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-3 6-4.

After the match, Osaka made a decision to withdraw from the super strong Sydney International where she should have been the third seed behind Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, deciding to take a week off and reset her game before the start of the Australian Open where she is among the favorites for the title.

The Brisbane title is the 12th of the world number eight's career and sets Pliskova in good stead ahead of the Australian Open.

"I was feeling the same all the way, but I don't know what really changed at 5-4 [in the second set]", she said.

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

Pliskova now has a 4-2 lead in her overall series against Tsurenko, who needed a medical timeout after rolling her ankle in the third set.

Karolina Pliskova came from behind today to win the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Brisbane International in three sets against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

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So, I think that was my main problem.

Teenage qualifier Bianca Andreescu is into her maiden final after stunning No. 3 seed Su-wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

The 29-year-old gave his French opponent no chance as he put on a commanding all court display to advance to the final for the second time in 3 years.

The world No.8 has had a shadow all week in the form of former Australian doubles champion-turned commentator Rennae Stubbs, who has worked with her since August past year. "I feel more strong now, so I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on court, even when someone like Naomi is playing really strong".

In the later men's final, No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori attempted to win his first title since Memphis in 2016 when he played fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev.

"I feel better with my serve and that I am moving well", she said.