PATTAYA CITY, Thailand, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Daniela Hantuchova defended her PTT Pattaya Open title with a marathon three-set, come-from-behind win Sunday over Maria Kirilenko in Thailand.
Hantuchova, the No. 3 seed, got by Kirilenko 6-7, (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 in a match that took 3 hours, 14 minutes. It was a much different battle than the 6-0, 6-2 decision Hantuchova took over Sara Errani for the 2011 Pattaya title.
Last year, Hantuchova finished things quickly in the championship match but in 2012 Kirilenko fought off 6-of-7 break points to force a tiebreaker, which she won.
Hantuchova had a pair of breaks, however, to even the match after the second and two more in the thirds gave her the title. She won nearly two-thirds of the points on serve against Kirilenko.
Hantuchova improved to a 5-9 in WTA title matches, with the Pattaya wins are her only championships since 2007.
Kirilenko, making her first champion match since October 2010, fell to 5-5 in finals.
Hantuchova collected $37,000 for the win while Kirilenko, who was seeded fourth this week, took home $19,100.