Tennis Karolina Pliskova through to Brisbane final after defeating Donna Vekic

Karolina Pliskova with the Brisbane International trophy

Karolina Pliskova with the Brisbane International trophy

In the final, Pliskova will face Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko, who stunned No. 2 seed Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Osaka had a chance to fight her way back into the match with the second set at 3-2, showing visible frustration when she failed to take advantage of two break points.

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.

The second set started with another double fault from Osaka and Tsurenko held the lead until the end for a big win and the place in the final.

However, she is now expected to pull out of the Sydney International, in which she was due to have a first round rematch with Tsurenko.

The 21-year-old second seed went into the match as firm favourite but looked flat from the outset, as the Ukrainian world No. 27 raced through the match in just 65 minutes.

It was one-way traffic from there as Pliskova, aided by a medical time-out for her opponent after Tsurenko rolled her ankle, seized the initiative and a pair of breaks ensured a comprehensive victory.

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"She's beaten top players here, I'm expecting a tough one".

So, I think that was my main problem.

The 2017 Brisbane International victor claimed 14 of 15 points to force a deciding set, with Stubbs encouraging her to show more emotion. "I felt so far away from playing good tennis tonight", Pliskova, who needed a pep talk from coach Rennae Stubbs to regain composure, said.

"Physically and tennis-wise I think it was flawless".

"I think today I learnt. what I can do to improve the situation", she said.

"I was moving pretty well today, and of course the serve has been great all week". "I feel I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on court now, 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.

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