Osaka’s Brisbane comeback ended by big-serving Pliskova

BRISBANE: Defending champion Karolina Pliskova used her big serve to full advantage to end Naomi Osaka’s return to tennis in the second round of the Brisbane International on Wednesday.

Pliskova, who won the tournament the last time it was held in 2020, bounced back from losing the first set to grind down the Japanese star 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka had not played a tournament since September 2022, citing mental health concerns.

She had a baby daughter in July before deciding to make a comeback.

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