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Zvonareva wins Pattaya Open title

Vera Zvonareva
The Pattaya Open was Zvonareva's eighth career title

Vera Zvonareva justified her tag as favourite by beating India's Sania Mirza 7-5 6-1 to win the Pattaya Open.

The 24-year-old Russian was tested by the world number 126 in Bangkok, but came through a difficult first set to win her first title of the year.

Mirza broke Zvonareva in the third game of the opening set before the Russian hit back and, after a long tussle, sealed the set following a Mirza error.

The second set was more straightforward as Zvonareva's class shone through.

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"After I won the first set I really started to play my game and didn't give her a chance to play how she wanted to play," said Zvonareva.

"I'm really happy with the way I finished the match."

Mirza said: "The first set could have gone either way, but when you're playing against someone who's so good, if you don't take your chances - the one or two that you get - you will pay a price for it.

"She played a great match. I felt like I played OK as well. I was striking the ball well."



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