Hantuchova wins Pattaya Open
Pattaya - Fourth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia claimed her first title in four years after she outclassed Italian Sara Errani 6-0 6-2 in the Pattaya Open final on Sunday.
The 32th-ranked Slovak collected her fourth career title, her first since Linz in 2007. Ther victory improves Hantuchova's record against the Italian to 3-1.
"It was a great match," 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 of the match and the 27-year-old never let her opponent into the match as she raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set in just 20 minutes.
She hit her first two match points into the net but converted the third when Errani's forehand went long.
Errani got on the scoreboard with 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 to win just her second game of the match 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."