Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia claimed her first title in four years Sunday, defeating Sara Errani of Italy 6-0 6-2 in the Pattaya Open final.
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The fourth-seeded Slovak collected her fourth career title and first since Linz in 2007. Hantuchova improved to 3-1 against Errani.
”It was a great match,” the 32nd-ranked Hantuchova said. ”I didn’t lose a set five matches in a row which is good news. It shows that I’m really focused and physically and mentally strong in this kind of condition.”
Hantuchova used her forehand to pressure Errani from start, racing to a 5-0 lead in the first set in just 20 minutes. She hit two set points into the net, but converted the third when Errani’s forehand flew long.
Errani got a break to start the second set, but was unable to maintain the momentum and dropped the next four games to trail 4-1.
The Italian then held her serve before Hantuchova wrapped up the match in 76 minutes with a forehand winner down the line.
”Today I knew it was going to be tough,” Hantuchova said. ”But I stayed focused and played point by point, not giving anything away, trying to get the job done. I was really hungry for another title.”