Nishikori ends three-year wait for title with Brisbane triumph

Elena Summers
January 9, 2019

Nishikori broke an nearly three-year title dry spell when he toppled 22-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

South Korean Chung, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals previous year, fell at the first hurdle for the second tournament in succession, going down 7-5 6-3 to a player ranked 285 places below him.

Last year's finalist Nishikori, who prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-2, won 70 percent of points on his first serve and converted five out of 15 break point opportunities to snap a nine-match losing streak in finals.

However, Nishikori is renowned for his ability to return serve and play from the baseline, and so it proved here, as he broke back, and then broke again, to claim the first set 6-6.

At 4-4 in the decider, Medvedev then rallied from 0-40 down to gain the decisive break when his former world No. 3 opponent hit a cross-court forehand well wide.

"I didn't decide yet, but I think it's more no than yes", Pliskova said last night when asked if she would play in Sydney.

"I will just see how I feel".

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"And he did really well the last game, I mean the 4-3 game".

"But (Stubbs) said, "I am absolutely sure you can win this match", which gave me some confidence and belief that I can do it and that's what I did".

She helped me just to get motivated a little bit more, to get going a little bit more.

"I think everything was against me today".

Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova kisses the winning trophy after defeating Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the women's singles final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

The win is the second time that Pliskova has won the Brisbane International, thanking her Australian coach for rousing her when she was at her low point during the match. Of course I tried, but I felt so far away from playing good tennis.

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