May 26, 2017

Hantuchova Wins Third Thailand Open

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(February 15, 2015) Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova rallied form a set down to beat Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for her third Thailand Open title on Sunday. The two hour and seven minute match gave her a seventh career WTA tournament crown.
“Today was very tough because Ajla was playing some great tennis,” the 31-year-old Hantuchova said. “I had to really fight for it – at the end I felt maybe I was a little¬†fresher and sharper, and that decided the match.”But Ajla has a great future ahead of her. She’s also a very nice girl. It’s nice to have somebody like her in the game. And like I said on the court, I’m sure she’ll have many more finals to come.”

“It means so much to me to win this tournament three times. I’ve never done that in my career and never thought I’d be able to. It’s always a special feeling playing in Pattaya. I’ve felt great here since the first match, and I’m very proud I kept it up all week.”

“There are too many positives from the week, ” said Tomljanovic. I’m going to try not to dwell on this too much. I’ll just try to learn from it. There are things I can learn from this match and the week. Overall I think this was a really big step forward for me in Pattaya.”

For Tomljanovic, this was her first tour-level final.