Tennis: Karolina Pliskova wins second Brisbane International title

AP , Sunday 6 Jan 2019

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Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after missing a shot during her finals match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Karolina Pliskova has won her second Brisbane International title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after being just two points from defeat.

Serving for the title at 5-4 Sunday, Tsurenko lost 13 straight points. It came after Tsurenko rolled her ankle in the second game of the deciding set.

Tsurenko was 4-0 in her previous WTA finals. Pliskova won her first Brisbane title two years ago.

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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