Naomi Osaka blames 'childish attitude' for surprise defeat at Brisbane International

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Tsurenko was off to a flying start, losing just eight points on serve in the opener and breaking the US Open champion already in the opening game after a double fault from Naomi that set the tone for the rest of the match.

BC-TEN-Brisbane International, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 709Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane finalAP Photo XTP112, XTP109, XTP102, XTP125, XTP103, XTP129, XTP119, XTP139Eds: Updates with 2nd women's semifinal, fixes typo in 4th paragraph to Lesia.

The 29-year-old gave his French opponent no chance as he put on a commanding all court display to advance to the final for the second time in 3 years.

Any hopes of Osaka repeating her quarter-final performance when she fought back from a set down against eighth-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova were snuffed out in the next game.

"I feel like last year I did a lot of that, and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have - like toward the end of last year". She held her own serve to go up 6-5 and broke Tsurenko's serve up 40-15 to win the second set and tie the match up at one set apiece, as the Ukrainian hit a forehand long.

"I don't know, maybe she raised her level so much that I was not ready for that".

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"I think today I learnt. what I can do to improve the situation", she said.

Tsurenko held sway in the first hour of the contest on Pat Rafter Arena, skipping clear in both sets after the 2017 champion had worked her way back from an early break.

"I felt like I was too fast on the court today - I felt very good".

"Physically and tennis-wise I think it was flawless". "I'm really proud that mentally I was able to hang on in there". "I served well, I returned well - I think that was the key today - and I was moving well, that was fantastic".

In the final, Pliskova will face Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko, who stunned No. 2 seed Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

In the later men's final, No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori attempted to win his first title since Memphis in 2016 when he played fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev.

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