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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 Pattaya Open.

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