Karolina Pliskova has won her second Brisbane International, overrunning Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 after being just two points from defeat.
Tsurenko served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but the tall Czech drew on all her experience to overcome her dogged opponent and regain the title she won at the Queensland Tennis Centre two years ago.
After the match, Osaka chose to withdraw from the super strong Sydney International where she should have been the third seed behind Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, deciding to take a week off and reset her game before the start of the Australian Open where she is among the favorites for the title.
The Ukranian world No. 27 had not lost a set in reaching her first top-level final and handled the nerves well when ousting favourite Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals.
"It's nearly like I was trying to be the good girl and not show much emotion, and I lost myself a bit", said a frustrated Gavrilova.
Osaka admitted post-match in Brisbane that she needed to work on keeping her emotions in check when things aren't going well on the court.
Osaka went down an early break in the second set but had chances to get even in the sixth game, when she had two break points but committed a string of unforced errors and Tsurenko hold on for 4-2.
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"You raised your level so much, I'm a fan of your tennis".
"So far that is my best match".
Any hopes of Osaka repeating her quarter-final performance when she fought back from a set down against eighth-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova were snuffed out in the next game.
"I think today I learned. what I can do to improve the situation", she said.
Tsurenko faces 2017 champion and former world number one Karolina Pliskova, who thumped Donna Vekic 6-3 6-4.
"Physically and tennis-wise I think it was ideal. I felt I was getting better with the time". "I served well, I returned well - I think that was the key today - and I was moving well, that was fantastic". "There aren't many moments that I feel like that". "I felt like I was too fast on the court today (Saturday)..."