Karolina Pliskova took home her second Brisbane title Saturday in Australia, beating Lesia Tsurenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the championship match.
The Ukranian Tsurenko led 6-4, 5-3 before the Czech stormed back winning 10 of the last 12 games.
“I think this was a very important match. I had similar one in the first round which I was losing set and break, and of course, when you’re able to turn these matches around, it gives you some extra and different confidence.” Pliskova said.
“II think I just dug deep today, and that’s important. I think she played great. It was not much what she did wrong – only a little bit in the end of the second set mistakes, but I think I improved my game, too, so it was on both sides a little bit. She got down, I got better.”
Pliskova now has 12 career titles, including two in Brisbane after 2017.
“I never actually won any titles twice yet. Every time I won,” Pliskova said. “I’m choosing different tournaments, so finally I won in one place two times.
“I’ve been here on this court. I played the final. And on many other courts. So, of course, you need a little bit more of this, too.”
Tsurenko, who upset US Open champion Noami Osaka in the semifinals, was seeking a fifth career WTA title having never lost in a final before.
“I think we had the great fight until 5-4, and then suddenly, I don’t know, maybe she raised her level so much that I was not ready for that. It’s going to be a big lesson for me, and I’m trying to stay positive,” Tsurenko said.
“This is just the first Premier final for me, so hopefully next one will be more successful. I almost did it. I will have to work hard, and for sure I have to work a little bit more on my serve and on my attacking game because I feel that I can get a lot of advantage with that, and of course, on my mental part of my game, because next time when I will be in a situation like this, I would like to win.”
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