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Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia gestures during her victory against Maria Kirilenko of Russia in their final match at the WTA Tour PTT Pattaya Women's Open tennis tournament on Sunday. (DAMIR SAGOLJ)
Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia gestures during her victory against Maria Kirilenko of Russia in their final match at the WTA Tour PTT Pattaya Women's Open tennis tournament on Sunday. (DAMIR SAGOLJ)

Daniela Hantuchova wins Pattaya Open again Add to ...

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in a hard-fought final to defend her title at the Pattaya Open on Sunday.



Third-seeded Hantuchova took 3 hours, 14 minutes to win her fifth career title, and first since winning in Thailand a year ago.



“Even after I lost the first set, I kept fighting and never looked back,” said Hantuchova, who defended a title for the first time. “This is special for me.”



Kirilenko had already spent more than 9 1/2 hours on court just to get to the final, which was her first on the WTA Tour in nearly 16 months.



She was a break up in the first set before eventually taking it on a tiebreaker when Hantuchova netted a backhand after 1 hour, 14 minutes.



Hantuchova hit back to take the second set after securing an early break before Kirilenko had treatment on court for a right hip injury.



The Russian 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.



Not wanting to break a winning routine, Hantuchova said she had eaten chicken fried rice and salad for the past seven days, and was looking forward to trying something different.



“It could be a pizza or anything. I also kept eating the same thing in Indian Wells and I won.”



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