Osaka Says Poor Attitude Cost Her Brisbane Semi-final

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Karolina Pliskova used all her big match experience as she came from a set down to overhaul Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko and win the Brisbane International on Sunday.

Tsurenko was off to a flying start, losing just eight points on serve in the opener and breaking the US Open champion already in the opening game after a double fault from Naomi that set the tone for the rest of the match.

Osaka made 26 unforced errors and was flustered as she was convincingly defeated 6-2 6-4 by world No.27 Tsurenko, telling reporters afterwards that she was considering whether to pull the pin on playing in Sydney.

Tsurenko ultimately blasted 20 winners to go one better than her semi-final appearance in Brisbane in 2013.

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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The Czech fifth seed was able to celebrate with Stubbs, who has been in her camp since last August providing a tactical and emotional advantage that Pliskova has praised all week.

"I was just focused on every point and thinking about every shot like it's the most important one".

"This helpless feeling I have, I think today (Saturday) I learned what I have to do to, not fix it, but what I can do to improve the situation".

"But then the ball wouldn't go in and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff".

"Of course, I tried but I felt so far away from playing good tennis tonight".

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The 2017 Brisbane International victor claimed 14 of 15 points to force a deciding set, with Stubbs encouraging her to show more emotion.

The 18-year-old Canadian, who is 152nd in the WTA world rankings, was coming off wins over top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams (NYSE:).

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"I don't want to say that this was my best tennis, but it was quite a high level", Tsurenko said. "I felt like I was too fast on the court today (Saturday)..."

"I was moving pretty well today, and of course the serve has been great all week".

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