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Pliskova, Osaka showdown headlines day four at Brisbane International

2 January 2024, by Leigh Rogers

Two former world No.1s will go head-to-head on day four of Brisbane International 2024.

Karolina Pliskova, a three-time champion at the tournament, meets Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, in the opening match of the day sessionĀ (from 11am) at Pat Rafter Arena.

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Alongside the impressive credentials these competitors possess, there’s also an element of intrigue as they target comebacks in the new season.

After a wrist injury ended Pliskova’s 2023 season prematurely, the big-serving Czech is contesting her first competitive match since September.

Meanwhile, Osaka is still in the early stages of her own return from maternity leave. The 26-year-old Japanese superstar became a mother in July 2023 and played her comeback match on Monday.

“I think my next match will be a really good test,” Osaka said. “I’ve played her a couple of times. She’s such a tough opponent.”

The last of their five previous meetings was at the Brisbane International four years ago, when Pliskova saved a match point in a thrilling semifinal battle.

That result tipped their head-to-head record, which was tied at the time, into Pliskova’s favour.

World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka and Australian Alexei Popyrin also feature during the Pat Rafter Arena day session.

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The evening session at Pat Rafter Arena sees world No.4 Elena Rybakina and world No.8 Holger Rune in second-round action.

An exciting line-up also includes Aussie favourites Daria Saville and James Duckworth in singles action, as well as Grand Slam champions Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens on Show Court 1.

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Fans visiting the Queensland Tennis Centre will also be able to undergo free skin cancer checks. This is an initiative to honour the late Anthony Richardson, a beloved Queensland coach who passed away with melanoma last summer.