Brisbane International: Karolina Pliskova earns hard-fought win over Madison Keys to clinch her third title

A day after clinching a near three-hour semi-finals duel with Naomi Osaka, Pliskova overcame a mid-match blip to triumph 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the final at the Pat Rafter Arena.

Reuters January 12, 2020 13:38:29 IST
Brisbane International: Karolina Pliskova earns hard-fought win over Madison Keys to clinch her third title
  • Defending champion Karolina Pliskova prevailed in a three-set tug-of-war with Madison Keys to become the first three-time winner at the Brisbane International on Sunday.

  • A day after clinching a near three-hour semi-finals duel with Naomi Osaka, the world number two overcame a mid-match blip to triumph 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the final at the Pat Rafter Arena.

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova prevailed in a three-set tug-of-war with Madison Keys to become the first three-time winner at the Brisbane International on Sunday.

A day after clinching a near three-hour semi-finals duel with Naomi Osaka, the world number two overcame a mid-match blip to triumph 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the final at the Pat Rafter Arena.

Brisbane International Karolina Pliskova earns hardfought win over Madison Keys to clinch her third title

Karolina Pliskova reacts after winning a point during her final match against Madison Keys at the Brisbane International. AP

Pliskova rode her big first serve to save two break points in the first set and converted on her first opportunity to surge ahead.

A set and break down, Keys broke back to level it 3-3 and went on to win the set and force a decider, in which the first six games stayed on serve before Pliskova broke the American in the seventh.

Keys refused to throw in the towel, however, and foiled the Czech’s first attempt to serve out the match at 5-4.

Pliskova could not be denied though.

The 2017 and 2019 winner broke again for 6-5 and then served it out to clinch victory in her first meeting with the eighth seeded American in a little over two hours.

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