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Troicki, Azarenka win Kremlin Cup titles

October 24, 2010 12:11 PM
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 24: Viktor Troicki of Serbia poses with the trophy after defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at the XXI International Tennis Tournament Kremlin Cup 2010 final at the Olympic Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 24: Victoria Azarenka of Belaru poses with the trophy after defeating Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4 during final of the XXI International Tennis Tournament Kremlin Cup 2010, at the Olympic Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)

MOSCOW (AP) Victor Troicki of Serbia claimed his first title and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won her fifth women's crown in the Kremlin Cup finals Sunday.

The 43rd-ranked Troicki rallied to beat fourth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, while Azarenka downed Russian doubles partner Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4.

The 19th-ranked Baghdatis, who was making his debut at the event, took a 1-0 lead in his third final this season with a break in the sixth game. Both players held in the second set before the 43rd-ranked Troicki leveled the match at 1-1 with a break in the 10th game and went 4-1 up in the third set. Baghdatis saved a match point in the eighth game, but Troicki, serving for the match at 5-2, clinched the win with a forehand volley.

``Marcos was playing very good in the first set,'' Troicki said. ``But then I started playing better and better, and in the end I won my first title. It feels unbelievable.''

Baghdatis said that two bad calls from a linesman in the end of the second set had ``a big impact'' on the match. A TV replay showed that Troicki's shot in the 10th game was out.

``It's very, very frustrating,'' Baghdatis said. ``I don't mind losing, but we are professionals and we need professionals to be on the lines. Everyone can make a mistake, but it wasn't a mistake. The guy was sleeping.''

Azarenka and Kirilenko exchanged breaks early on, but Azarenka got two late breaks to take the first set.

The 24th-ranked Kirilenko took a 4-0 lead in the second set, but the 10th-ranked Azarenka saved three break points in the seventh game - and three more in the ninth - to win six straight games. She wrapped up the victory with a forehand net volley after Kirilenko saved two match points.

``It was really tough to win the second set as Maria started pretty good, dominating the play completely,'' Azarenka said. ``I tried hard to stay in the match fighting for every point and it paid off ... I'm really happy to win here on my third attempt.''

By reaching the quarterfinals in Moscow, Azarenka secured a spot in the season-ending WTA Tour championships in Doha, Qatar.

``It's a big boost to win ahead of Doha,'' said Azarenka. ``The win gave me confidence and perfect fitness. I feel my rhythm and I'm ready to go and play there.''

 

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