World No.20 Daniela Hantuchova has retained her perfect record at the PTT Pataya Open in Thailand by beating Maria Kirilenko 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 in the final to win back-to-back titles at the tournament. Kirilenko sweated her way to the final, with more than nine and a half hours on court, and even though the following fact won’t be remembered for long, Kirilenko was the first to take a set off Hantuchova in the Slovak’s second participation in the event.
En route to her fifth career title and first since last year’s Pattaya, the third-seeded Hantuchova defeated Nungnadda Wannasuk 6-2 6-0, Urszula Radwanska 6-3 6-2, seed No.8 Vania King 7-6(7) 6-4, Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4 6-1 and finally the fourth-seeded Kirilenko. Top seed at the tournament, Vera Zvonareva, had to retire in the quarterfinals because of a left hip injury. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)