Azarenka beats Kirilenko to win Kremlin Cup

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 23:29 PM IST

Moscow: Second seed Victoria Azarenka beat Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4 in a see-saw Kremlin Cup final on Sunday to win her second title of the year.

Azarenka broke the sixth seed three times in the opening set. It was the first set conceded by Kirilenko all week, with the Muscovite dropping only nine games in her previous four matches here.

Kirilenko returned the favour by breaking the more powerful Belarussian twice at the start of the second to take a 4-0 lead but the world number 10 battled back to reel off six straight games and add the crown to her U.S. victory in Stanford.

Azarenka had already secured her place in the season-ending WTA championships in Doha which start on Tuesday.

Fourth-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis takes on unseeded Serbian Viktor Troicki in the men`s final later on Sunday.

Bureau Report

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