Brisbane PHOTOS: Tsurenko, Pliskova win Saturday’s semifinals, Melichar & Peschke lift doubles trophy

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Lesia Tsurenko and fifth seed Karolina Pliskova were victorious in Saturday’s semifinal action at the Brisbane International. The 27th-ranked Tsurenko needed just over an hour to beat US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4, who is now the world No.5, but remember that the last time she played Brisbane (in 2016) she didn’t even manage to qualify.

Osaka couldn’t cope with not playing well in the semis and after the match apologized on Twitter, while later she withdrew from next week’s Sydney International.

Had the worst attitude on court today. Sorry to everyone that watched. I keep telling myself to be more mature but seems it’ll take a while.

In the second semifinal on Saturday, Pliskova prevailed 6-3 6-4 against Donna Vekic, winning 74% of her first serve points and hitting 30 winners.

Our Jimmie48 was at both the singles semifinals and at doubles final in which third seeds Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke defeated fourth seeds Chan Hao-Ching and Latisha Chan 6-1 6-1.

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