Daniela Hantuchova wins Pattaya Open again
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova won her second straight Pattaya Open title, defeating Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.
This was Hantuchova's fifth career title and her first since winning in Thailand a year ago.
Hantuchova, seeded third, won in 3 hours, 14 minutes. Kirilenko had already spent more than 9 1/2 hours on court just to get to the final, her first on the WTA Tour in nearly 16 months.
The Russian double-faulted to give Hantuchova the crucial break and a 5-3 lead in the deciding set. Hantuchova closed the win with help of two forehand winners down the line.
Updated February 12, 2012