12
Feb
12

Kerber wins her first WTA title in Paris while Hantuchova wins her 5th in Thailand.

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Angelique Kerber overcame a second-set wobble to beat Marion Bartoli and claim her maiden WTA Tour title at the Open GDF Suez in Paris. Germany’s Kerber looked to be heading to a routine win when she led by a set and 5-3 only for home favourite Bartoli to hit back to claim four successive games and take it to a decider. But Kerber held her nerve to secure a 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 6-3 victory in two hours and 39 minutes. An opening set with four breaks of serve eventually went the way of Kerber in the tie-break and an early break of serve handed her a 2-0 lead in the second. She choked when serving for the match but regrouped impressively to break twice in the decider to become the first German since Steffi Graf in 1995 to claim this crown.

Daniela Hantuchova retained her Pattaya Open title by hitting back to defeat Maria Kirilenko in three sets. Slovakian Hantuchova dropped the opening set but rebounded well to win 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 6-3 in three hours and 14 minutes. Hantuchova had the better of the opening set but could only convert one of seven break point chances as it eventually went to a breaker won by Kirilenko. But she fared much better in the second, breaking twice to level it. The key moment in the decider came when a double-fault from Russian Kirilenko handed Hantuchova a 5-3 lead and she served it out to claim her fifth career title.

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