Slovakia’s third-seeded Daniela Hantuchova defended her Pattaya Open title yesterday, beating fourth seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia in a marathon three-hour-and-14-minute battle.
The three sets victory 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 was Hantuchova’s fifth career title and means the world No. 20 is now unbeaten in 10 matches at the Thai resort, where her victory this year brings her US$37,000.
World No. 26 Kirilenko was playing in her 10th career final and was hoping for her first title since she beat Samantha Stosur in Seoul in 2008.
Kirilenko double-faulted to give Hantuchova the crucial break and a 5-3 lead in the deciding set. Hantuchova closed out the win with help of two forehand winners down the line.
In the doubles final, India’s Sania Mirza and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia defeated Taiwanese pair Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 in a match that took just 1 hour, 5 minutes.
Additional reporting by staff writer