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WTA Weekend: Kirilenko, Barthel Win

Maria Kirlenko won a two-hour, 37 minute match to win the PTT Pattaya Open final over Sabine Lisicki 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 today.

“I feel great – to win a title is always special, but it’s even more pleasure when you win such a tough one. It was tough. Sabine played very well. I’m very happy to win this title,” Kirilenko said.

Meanwhile in Paris, Mona Barthel upset no.1 seed Sara Errani 7-5, 7-6 to win her first Premier title at the Open GDF Suez.

“Even though I was up a set and 5-2, I knew she’s a fighter and doesn’t give any points away.  was a little bit nervous – it was my first final in such a big tournament and she was making it so difficult for me in the end – but I just tried to keep stepping in and going for my shots, and I had to keep telling myself I was still in a position to win the match despite all of those things,” Barthel said.

(Photos: Reuters, AP)

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