Tennis - Kirilenko ends drought with Pattaya title

Maria Kirilenko came back from a set down to beat Sabine Lisicki 5-7 7-1 7-6(1) for her first WTA title in five years at the Pattaya Open.

The Russian second seed was edged out in the 12th game of the opening set but roared to life against the fifth seed from Germany.

A ruthless second set thrashing forced a decider, which remained level after 12 games. But Kirilenko returned to her dominant ways from there, winning the trophy-clinching tie-break 7-1.

The win earned Kirilenko, ranked number 15 in the world, her sixth WTA silverware in all and ended a lengthy drought since 2008.

"I feel great - to win a title is always special, but it's even more pleasure when you win such a tough one," Kirilenko said

"I was so disappointed after last year's final, but this year it's a much different feeling,Obviously I'm really excited about this right now."

Lisicki looked at the positives in defeat: "I hadn't been in a final in a while, so even though it's a tough one to lose, I still feel very good about my week," she said.

"I played some good tennis here. I was working so hard in the off-season and it's nice to see it's already paying off, especially since we're just at the start of the year.