WTA Pattaya Open 2013: Maria Kirilenko battles past Sabini Lisicki
Maria Kirilenko fought her way back from a set down to defeat Sabini Lisicki in the final of the Pattaya Women's Open.
Last Updated: 03/02/13 7:24pm
The 26-year-old Russian claimed his first title of the season by overcoming the fifth-seed 5-7 6-1 7-6 (7-1) at Dusit Resort in Pattaya City in two hours 37 minutes.
Kirilenko made up for losing in last year's final at the hands of Daniela Hantuchova by battling her way back into the contest before dominating the deciding set tie-breaker to claim her sixth WTA Tour title.
Lisicki was aiming to win her fourth WTA title after an injury-plagued 2012, but eventually ran out of power as Kirilenko extended her winning streak over the German to 3-0.
"I was a little disappointed in the third set," said Kirilenko.
"I was leading and everything was good and I made a return that was just out. If it was in I could win it 6-2, but after that miss she was serving so well afterwards.
"Then somehow I returned her serves (at 6-5) and it was a tiebreak and then I started to feel I can win it."
The world number 15, who turned 26 just before the start of the tournament revealed her wish had come true.
"I had a birthday before the tournament started and had a cake in my room with some candles, and I made a wish. The wish was to win this tournament and the wish came true."