Daniela Hantuchova wins Pattaya Open again

Updated: Feb 12, 2012, 23:09 PM IST

Pattaya: 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 9½ 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.

Bureau Report