Tennis news - Naomi Osaka crashes out to Lesia Tsurenko in Brisbane
Naomi Osaka suffered a surprise 6-2 6-4 defeat to Lesia Tsurenko in Brisbane, who set up a final showdown with Karolina Pliskova after the Czech fifth seed dispatched Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-3 6-4.
Much of the attention fell on Osaka, though, who was at a loss to explain why she struggled for fluency against her Ukrainian opponent.
The Japanese said in quotes on the WTA Tour: “If I’m being really frank, I just feel like I had the worst attitude. I feel like I didn’t really know how to cope with not playing well.
“I was sulking a little bit, and there are moments that I tried not to do that. But then the ball wouldn’t go in, and then I would go back to being childish and stuff.
“I feel like, in a way, that this experience for me is better than winning the tournament, because this helpless feeling I have, I think I learned sort of what I have to do to, not fix it, but what I can do to improve the situation so there aren’t many moments that I feel like that.”
Bianca Andreescu reached her first singles final on the WTA Tour as she claimed another upset win at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Andreescu clinched a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory over her Taiwanese opponent to book a final date against second seed Julia Gorges, with the German overcoming Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1 7-6 (8/6).
World number 13 Aryna Sabalenka overcame Yafan Wang and Alison Riske to bag the Shenzhen Open title.
The Belarusian thrashed Chinese opponent Yafan 6-2 6-1 in the last four stage before battling back to see off America’s Riske 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 in the final.
Riske had breezed her way into the showpiece when Russian opponent Vera Zvonareva retired as she trailed 6-0 1-0.