Pliskova overhauls Tsurenko to win Brisbane title

Mae Harvey
January 9, 2019

World number nine Kei Nishikori defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in the summit clash to clinch the 2019 Brisbane International title here at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday.

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 three years.

"Great final today, I lost to him past year in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today", Nishikori added.

"I was really nervous and he started wonderful", Medvedev said.

"I realized I had to do something to win this match and I think I made a change really well", he said.

The 2014 U.S. Open finalist served for the match at 5-1 in the third set, but Medvedev earned a temporary reprieve when he broke the Japanese player's serve to extend the match.

A break in the first set had offered Murray, a two-time victor of the hard-court tournament, some comfort but the second was far more one-sided as Medvedev raced into a 4-0 lead. "It was good tennis and I'm just really happy with the way I played".

He only served two aces compared with the 11 sent down by Chardy, but Nishikori returned superbly and pressured the Frenchman's serve throughout, breaking him twice in each set.

After missing last year's Australian Open through injury, Nishikori has impressed this season. With world No5 Juan Martin del Potro already announcing his withdrawal from the first Major of the year, that guarantees Nishikori one of the top eight seedings, a level that means he can not meet a higher-ranked man before the quarter-finals.

"I think everything was against me today".

It is the ideal start to 2019 for Pliskova, who is still chasing her first Grand Slam title, and she said Stubbs had a lot to do with her ability to recover.

· In Doha, No24-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut beat Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to win his ninth title with his 250th match-win.

Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the title match.

"I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that".

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