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Karolina Pliskova Battles Back From The Brink To Win Brisbane Title

The Czech kicks-off 2019 by winning her 12th WTA title.

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Former US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova overcame a big scare to defeat Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, in a roller-coaster final at the Brisbane International.

 

Pliskova, who also won the tournament back in 2017, looked on course to suffer a straight sets loss to the world No.27. After dropping serve twice in each of the first two sets, the Czech was trailing 4-6, 3-5. Despite the scare, Pliskova turned her fortunes around by capitalising on a error-stricken Tsurenko service game to draw level at 5-5, before forcing the match into a decider. Then in the final set, the fifth seed rallied towards the finish line as the movement of her rival deteriorated on court.

“I would like to congratulate Leisa. I thought she played a great tournament. Even though she was close today (to the title), I’m sure she is going to play many more finals.” Pliskova said during the trophy presentation.

During the dramatic 133-minute match, an injury scare marred the start of the decider. Tsurenko had to take a medical time out after rolling her ankle on the court. Luckily the Ukrainian managed to keep playing, but it was noticeable that the intensity of her footwork was reduced. Allowing her higher ranking opponent to go on and clinch the title. Tsurenko had previously never lost a final on the WTA tour, however, Brisbane was her first at Premier level.

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Despite the Tsurenko’s woes, it was Pliskova’s experience on the big stage that prevailed. Although the 26-year-old will be the first to admit that it wasn’t her cleanest of performances. In the final she hit one ace to five double faults and 16 winners to 33 unforced errors.

“Brisbane is one of my favourite tournaments.” Stated Pliskova. “I have won it for the second times in the last few years, and I also reach the semi-finals last year. I always have great memories here and I always like to start the year here.”

As a result of her win, Pliskova will move to seventh in the world rankings. Overtaking Petra Kvitova to become the Czech No.1. Overall, she has now has 12 WTA titles to her name with Brisbane being the only tournament she has won on multiple occasions.

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Amanda Anisimova Enters Winners Circle In Bogota After Edging Out Sharma

Amanda Anisimova edged out Astra Sharma to win her maiden WTA title.

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17 year-old Amanda Anisimova won her first ever WTA title after edging past Astra Sharma 4-6 6-4 6-1 in Bogota. 

 

The American, who has been tipped for big things in Tennis, battled back from a set and a break down to win her first WTA title in Bogota.

It means that Anisimova is the youngest American to win a WTA title since Serena Williams in 1999 and is destined for many more titles in the future.

Meanwhile in Lugano another 17 year-old Iga Swiatek just fell short of her first title as she lost to Polona Hercog 6-3 3-6 6-3.

The match saw a nervous start as both players were going for their first title of their career. After the first five break points where converted, Sharma was the first one to hold for a 4-2 lead.

Eventually the American held herself before both women broke each other again in a very messy first set. The Australian held at the end of the set as she secured the opening set.

It was a positive start from Sharma, who was looking to do the double in Bogota after winning the doubles title with Zoe Hives yesterday.

A reassured Sharma took a 3-2 lead, breaking twice, and it was looking increasingly likely that she would be the one to claim her first singles title.

However Anisimova started to gain confidence off her serve and her movement was looking better as the match went on.

A fix on the timing of the return saw the American break twice more as she took the second set 6-4 to force a decider.

The 17 year-old then took charge of the final set as she mixed up her serving and showed a lot of confidence on the backhand side.

After saving a couple of break points, she held for a 3-0 lead as the Australian was missing simple shots as she had no clear decision making.

Eventually Anisimova remained poised and confident to secure her first ever WTA title and to become the youngest WTA winner since Serena Williams in 1999.

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It was a mixed day for the juniors after Wimbledon Juniors champion Iga Swiatek fell short of her first WTA title after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 defeat to Polona Hercog.

The Slovenian showed more experience and grit to overcome a confident Swiatek to claim her third career WTA title.

This week’s results means now their have been 18 different winners in 18 different tournaments on the WTA tour, which is an unprecedented feat.

 

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Amanda Anisimova becomes the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà

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US 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova fought back from one set down to beat Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotà.

 

Roland Garros Junior finalist Amanda Anisimova has become the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà and the first since Irina Falconi in 2016. She has reached the second final of her career.

Haddad Maia earned the first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead, but Anisimova broke straight back in the next game. Haddad Maia got another break lead for 3-2. Anisimova brought up five break point chance on Haddad’s next three service games, but the Brazilian player held on her service games to clinch the opening set 6-4.

Anisimova earned six break points, but Haddad Maia saved them setting up a tie-break. Anisimova opened up a 2-0 lead, but Haddad Maia pulled back the mini-break to draw level to 2-2. Anisimova reeled off five consecutive points to seal the tie-break 7-2 sending the match to the third set.

Anisimova went up a double break to open up a 4-1 lead. Haddad Maia got one of the two breaks back, but Anisimova broke again for 5-2, when the Brazilian player made a double fault. Anisimova saved five break points before serving out the match after three deuces.

“She is a great player, and I have never played her before. I was expecting a really tough match, because especially on clay she is really good”, said Anisimova.

Anisimova will face Australia’s Astra Sharma, who beat 2012 Bogotà champion and 2017 and 2018 finalist Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 6-1 after 66 minutes reaching the first final of her career.

The first set went on serve in the first eight games with no break point chances. Arruabarrena earned the first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Sharma got the break back after saving two set points. Arruabarrena held two game points in the 12th game, but Sharma rallied from 15-40 to break serve for 7-5 after a double break from the Spanish player.

Sharma earned two consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games to cruise through to winning the second set 6-1.

“The most important thing this week has been keeping my keeping really good mentally. Staying positive, staying positive, not thinking too much or getting too negative on court. I have just been really solid and consistent, point by point”, said Sharma.

 

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Iga Swiatek Becomes New Polish Number One At 17 After Reaching Lugano Final

Iga Swiatek will be the new Polish number one on Monday at 17 after reaching the final in Lugano.

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Iga Swiatek has become the new polish number one at the age of 17 after reaching the final at the Samsung Open in Lugano. 

 

The fearless Pole is making a name for herself on the tour after reaching the final in Lugano at the age of 17, her first WTA final of her career.

A simply stunning 6-0 6-1 win over Kristyna Pliskova confirmed her place at this year’s main draw of Roland Garros and made sure she overtakes Magda Linette on Monday to become the new Polish number one.

After the win Swiatek said she was quite surprised herself at her form, “I feel great. I’m quite surprised that I’m in the final,” Swiatek said in her on-court interview.

“Because that was my first tournament that I played [directly] in main draw, but I’m really happy that I made it. I was believing in myself, and I hope tomorrow will be a great match also.”

To put into perspective her achievements this week, Swiatek has become the youngest ever Polish player to reach a WTA final, even younger than Agnieszka Radwanska.

After her rapid rise through juniors including winning the Wimbledon title, I don’t think even Iga could have predicted her transition to the WTA tour would be as successful as it has been.

Her variety mixed with precise footwork and movement is the ultimate combination to be a great player on clay as she is proving right now.

But her Wimbledon Girls title last year also proves that she can adapt to all surfaces at such a young age and be successful.

The Pole will play Polona Hercog for her first WTA title after the Slovenian defeated Fiona Ferro 6-4 7-5 to reach the final.

No matter what happens tomorrow though Swiatek has officially arrived on the WTA tour, already making history, and nobody will want to play her at the French Open next month.

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