Hantuchova downs Kirilenko for Pattaya crown|
Pattaya City, Thailand (Sports Network) - Daniela Hantuchova successfully
defended her title, as she defeated Maria Kirilenko in Sunday's final at the
The third-seeded Hantuchova rallied to beat the fourth-seeded Kirilenko 6-7
(4-7) 6-3, 6-3 on the hardcourts at Dusit Resort.
Hantuchova popped six aces and won 69 percent of her first-serve points,
as the Slovak captured her fifth career WTA title. She beat Thai favorite
Tamarine Tanasugarn in last year's finale here.
The 20th-ranked Hantuchova improved to 5-9 in her career finals, while the
25-year-old Russian Kirilenko dropped to 5-5.
The world No. 26 Kirilenko hasn't won a final since prevailing in Seoul in
September of 2008.
Hantuchova improved to 5-2 lifetime against Kirilenko and this was the first
time the two met in a final.
The 28-year-old Hantuchova collected $37,000 for the victory.
02/12 09:07:16 ET