Brisbane International: Ruthless Karolina Pliskova demolishes Alize Cornet for title

Brisbane: A ruthless Karolina Pliskova won all but five points in the first six games to set up a 6-0, 6-3 rout of Alize Cornet in the Brisbane International final on Saturday night, an ideal buildup to the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.

Karolina Pliskova with the Brisbane trophy. AP

Karolina Pliskova with the Brisbane trophy. AP

The US Open finalist will return to a career-high No 5 ranking for the Australian Open, which begins 16 January, after winning her first Brisbane title and seventh on the WTA tour.

The third-seeded Czech played almost perfect tennis in the first set, racing through it in just 18 minutes with the shell-shocked Cornet only winning five points.

Cornet didn't get on the board until she held serve in the first game of the second set, which drew almost the loudest cheer of the night from the full house at the Pat Rafter Arena.

But while the Frenchwoman recovered in the second set, Pliskova was far too strong and took the match in just 66 minutes on her second championship point.

Pliskova stands at 1.86 metres tall and has one of the most effective serves in the women's game.

She sent down four aces in the first set and three in the second and was able to serve her way out of trouble on the few occasions Cornet was able put any pressure on her.

Her groundstrokes were also devastating, often keeping the unseeded Cornet pinned deep in the court.

As a result of the win, Pliskova will leapfrog Dominika Cibulkova to become world number five when the next rankings are released on Monday.

She will likely be one of the favourites to win the Australian Open.

The 24-year-old Pliskova had a breakout season in 2016, reaching her first Grand Slam final — beating both Venus and Serena Williams before losing to Angelique Kerber at the US Open — and helping the Czech Republic win the Fed Cup.


Published Date: Jan 07, 2017 17:29 PM | Updated Date: Jan 07, 2017 17:29 PM

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