Russian world No.28 Alisa Kleybanova won her second career title in her second Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles final with a 6-1 6-3 victory over 39th-ranked Czech Klara Zakopalova at the Hansol Korea Open. Kleybanova’s first title came at the inaugural Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur this year.
After winning the longest tiebreak of the year (15-13) against Ksenia Pervak in the second round, the fifth-seeded Kleybanova didn’t lose more than three games per set on her way to the Seoul title.
Zakopalova, who advanced to the title match as top seed Nadia Petrova retired because of stomachache in the first set of their semifinal, has now lost seven of her eleven career finals. (photo via Hansol Korea Open)