Pattaya City Gallery: Finals Photos
It was a sentimental ending to the doubles tournament, with fan favorites Kimiko Date-Krumm and Casey Dellacqua winning the title. Maria Kirilenko lifted WTA hardware as well.
Published Feburary 03, 2013 12:00
Maria Kirilenko was playing her 12th WTA final, an amazing seven of which have come in Asia.
Sabine Lisicki's last WTA final came at Dallas in 2011 - she changed that stat in Pattaya.
Kirilenko said after the final that her forehand and returns were the biggest keys to the win.
And win she did - the Russian made a late surge to beat Lisicki in a thriller, 57 61 76(1).
Kirilenko won her sixth WTA title but first since winning Estoril, Barcelona and Seoul in 2008.
Kirilenko also improved to 3-0 lifetime against Lisicki with the two-hour, 37-minute victory.
Kirilenko and Lisicki are both off to Fed Cup now - Russia plays Japan and Germany plays France.
Kimiko Date-Krumm won her fourth WTA doubles title while Casey Dellacqua won her very first.