Naomi Osaka OUT of Brisbane International after hard fought battle with Pliskova ends in defeat

Osaka reacting to her defeat at the Brisbane International (PA Images)
Osaka reacting to her defeat at the Brisbane International (PA Images)
10:24am, Sat 11 Jan 2020
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Naomi Osaka is out of the Brisbane International following a hard fought semi-final with Karolina Pliskova.

The match went to three sets with the first two going to a tie break.

Osaka won the first set 7-6 (12-10) but Pliskova showed the Japanese player what she was made of to fight her way back. She took the second set 7-6 (7-3) and wiped the floor with the third, winning that 6-2.

Pliskova is now through to the final where she will face American Madison Keys after she beat Petra Kvitova in their semi-final.

Keys' match also went to three sets after Kvitova won the first set 6-3. However, the 24-year-old took the next two sets 6-2, 6-3 to secure her final spot.

Pliskova and Keys will play in the final tomorrow.

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