BRISBANE, January 12, 2020
World No. 2 Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic has won the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Trophy for a third time after beating World No. 13 Madison Keys of the United States 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in Sunday’s singles final of the Brisbane International 2020.
Pliskova defended her 2019 title in a thrilling three set final in front of a capacity crowd at Pat Rafter Arena.
Defeats No.8 seed Keys 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. pic.twitter.com/hu9FzWFjOU
— WTA (@WTA) January 12, 2020
“I think it’s always difficult to defend because, to be in a great shape at that moment where you just won last year, a lot of things need to happen,” Pliskova said. “I don’t think it was perfect tournament, maybe last year I played here and there a little better, but maybe I was fighting more this time and just somehow find a way to win the matches, which is important.
“I beat only good top players, so there was nobody easy this time, maybe compared to last year, I think the draw was a little bit different. So, of course especially, in the beginning of the year I think it’s no better start.”
Barbora Strycova from the Czech Republic and Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei defeated Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands to win the doubles trophy.
Stars of the Brisbane International raised $55,300 by serving 553 aces during the tournament as part of the #Aces4Bushfirerelief campaign.
Official attendance across 10 days of Brisbane Tennis, including ATP Cup and Brisbane International was 91,874.
Other Fast facts of Brisbane Tennis 2020:
· 1002 racquets were strung
· 10 kilometres of racquet string used
· Alex Zverev (GER) had 36 racquets strung, the most of ATP Cup Brisbane players
· Maria Sharapova (RUS) had 25 racquets strung, the most of BI players
· 300 kilograms of pasta served in the player restaurant
· 2,500 punnets of strawberries eaten by fans
· More than 10,000 balls used – just in practice
· 381 volunteers
· 77 ballkids