Kirilenko, Petrova win WTA Championships



Kirilenko, Petrova win WTA ChampionshipsIstanbul: The Russian women`s tennis pair of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova won the WTA Championships after beating Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka here in the final.

Doubles World No.8 Petrova and No.10 Kirilenko saved three break points on their way to a 6-1, 6-4 victory in a match Sunday that lasted little over an hour.

The win, in which Petrova and Kirilenko lost only two points on serve in the first set and broke early in the second, caps a strong year for the Olympic bronze medallists.

For Kirilenko, 25, it is the first triumph at the tour finals, while Petrova, paired with Meghan Shaughnessy of the United States, won the doubles in 2004. The winners will take home a total of USD375,000.

IANS