Re: Maria in Pattaya
Kirilenko fought off two set points in the first set tie-break and reeled off five straight games down 3-1 in the second set to get past Elena Vesnina, 76(6) 63.
"Elena has improved a lot this year," Kirilenko said. "It seems she has been working very hard. Now she looks like a Top 20 player. It was a difficult match. The first set was very tight, almost one-and-a-half hours. The second set I definitely played better. I'm just happy I was able to get through such a tough match."
Kirilenko is now 4-0 against her fellow 26-year-old Russian.
"It was a great match against Maria," Vesnina said. "I was just a little bit unlucky in the first set tie-break, with one or two balls making the difference. I tried to come back in the second set, but I just didn't have the energy. It feels like I played two tournaments this week with the conditions and all the rain. But no excuses, Maria is a great Top 20 player, a fighter."