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Sports Osaka, Kvitova, Keys, Pliskova reach semifinals in Brisbane

15:10  10 january  2020
15:10  10 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Keys rallies to beat Kvitova in Brisbane

  Keys rallies to beat Kvitova in Brisbane BRISBANE, Australia — Madison Keys came from a break and set down to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Brisbane International semifinals on Saturday. The American won nine of 10 games in her mid-match recovery against the tournament's 2011 champion to beat Kvitova 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Keys will play defending Brisbane champion Karolina Pliskova in Sunday afternoon's final.Keys will play defending Brisbane champion Karolina Pliskova in Sunday afternoon's final. Pliskova beat defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-7 (10), 7-6 (3), 6-2 after saving a match point.

Naomi Osaka battled for two hours while Petra Kvitova cruised to victory on Friday as both players booked spots in the season-opening Brisbane International semi - finals . Osaka 's form slipped after the first set but the world number four eventually saw off sixth seed Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6

Major winners Naomi Osaka , Petra Kvitova , Sloane Stephens and Maria Sharapova all featured on the Stadium Court order of play on Tuesday. And reigning Australian Open champion Osaka endured a thorough mental and physical test before overcoming world No.23 Maria Sakkari.

Jennifer Brady holding a racket on a court© Provided by The Canadian Press

BRISBANE, Australia — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys and defending champion Karolina Pliskova all reached the semifinals Friday at the Brisbane International.

Osaka beat Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, Kvitova defeated qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2, Keys beat Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-1 and Pliskova eliminated Alison Riske 7-6 (6), 6-3. Brady was coming off wins over Maria Sharapova in the first round and top-ranked Ash Barty in the second.

a woman hitting a ball with a racket© Provided by The Canadian Press

Keys, a 2017 U.S. Open finalist, reached the semifinals in Brisbane for the first time in four attempts.

Naomi Osaka wins 1st-round match at Brisbane International

  Naomi Osaka wins 1st-round match at Brisbane International BRISBANE, Australia — Naomi Osaka got an extended workout in her opening match at the Brisbane International, just two weeks away from the defence of her Australia Open title. Osaka defeated Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Tuesday to set up a second-round match with American Sofia Kenin. The two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 took more than two hours and had 16 aces to beat Sakkari. In other matches Tuesday,Osaka defeated Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Tuesday to set up a second-round match with American Sofia Kenin.

Osaka , the reigning United States Open champion, engineered a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Kvitova ’s compatriot Karolina Pliskova But for all her success, she had struggled in the majors; after winning Wimbledon for the second time in 2014, Kvitova didn’t advance to the semifinals in her next 16

Naomi Osaka of Japan talks to her coach Sascha Bajin, left, during her semifinal match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane , Australia She has reached the semifinals or better at four of her last five tournaments but hasn't added another title.

"Happy to get a lot of matches in and feel like a lot of what I was working on during off-season is kind of immediately clicking," Keys said. "There's still some things that I want to do a little bit better, but it's definitely a great starting point for the year."

Kiki Bertens hitting a ball with a racket© Provided by The Canadian Press

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Andreescu withdraws from Australian Open with knee injury .
MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian Open organizers said Saturday that U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu, Juan Martin del Potro and Richard Gasquet have withdrawn due to knee injuries. “The Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process and I sadly will not be able to play in it this year," Andreescu said. “The Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process and I sadly will not be able to play in it this year," Andreescu said. “It was a very tough decision to make as I love to play in Melbourne but I have to respect the recuperation plan for my knee and body.

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