The unseeded Tsurenko looked headed for the biggest win of her career when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, only for Pliskova to come storming back to win 4-6,7-5, 6-2 and claim her second Brisbane title. "I had similar one in the first round which I was losing set and break, and of course, when you're able to turn these matches around, it gives you some extra and different confidence", she said.
An athletic backhand smash victor brought them level on terms and Pliskova didn't stop there, racing to a 3-0 lead in the deciding set to dash Tsurenko's hopes of a breakthrough top-level title.
The run of games for Pliskova reached five before a key moment early in the decider, when the Ukrainian rolled her ankle in the second game of the final set and required a mid-game medical timeout before continuing. "I've played some good matches (against Lesia Tsurenko)", Pliskova said after the win.
"I just tried to change the things around a little bit and believed I was going to get a chance".
The Czech fifth seed was able to celebrate with Stubbs, who has been in her camp since last August providing a tactical and emotional advantage that Pliskova has praised all week.
"Before, I would just be nervous to be there in a way, and now I feel nervous because I think I should win. and I feel like people expect me to win", she said.
"I think everything was against me today".
Pliskova had the edge over Vekic in a tight match and will go into the final as favourite.
"Felt very good physically and, tennis-wise, I think it was flawless", Nishikori said.
"I'm really happy that finally I've won this title, it's been like seven or eight times at this tournament".
A champion in Brisbane two years ago, Pliskova boasts the third-best winning percentage in the Brisbane tournament's history with 12 wins and just two losses.
"I was moving pretty well today, and of course the serve has been great all week".
Pliskova, who previously lifted the title in 2017, joins Serena Willians and Victoria Azarenka as a two-time champion.