Kirilenko wins first WTA singles title since 2008

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Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko (RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov)Second-seed Maria Kirilenko has edged out Sabine Liciski of Germany in the final match of the Pattaya Open, ending her WTA drought that lasted for more than four years.The Russian, who lost last year’s final in Thailand to Daniela Hantuchova, took out all the stops this year against Sabine Liciski.The fifth-seed German broke the Russian late in the first set, 7-5, only to let Kirilenko blitz in the second, 6-1. The final set was decided by a tiebreaker in which Kirilenko didn’t leave her opponent a single chance, 7-1.The Russian has consequently increased her perfect record against Liciski to three wins, and claimed her first singles WTA title since 2008.The Pattaya tournament is played on hard courts and has a $235,000 prize fund.

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Kirilenko wins first WTA singles title since 2008

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