MOSCOW - Sixth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia won the WTA title at the Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow on Sunday, beating Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in the final. The 23-year-old Pavlyuchenkova won 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in two hours 28 minutes to record her second win over Begu, who is 61st in the WTA rankings, in as many meetings.

She also became the fourth Russian woman in the tournament's history to win the Kremlin Cup after Anastasia Myskina (who won it twice in 2003 and 2004, Anna Chakvetadze (2006) and Elena Dementieva (2007). The final got off to a nervy start that produced seven breaks of serve in the opening set before the 30th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova managed to settle down.

The Russian pocketed the set in 50 minutes, but it was Begu, playing in her fourth WTA Tour final, who dominated the second set to break serve twice and level the match. In the deciding set Pavlyuchenkova again moved up a gear to break twice for a commanding 5-0 lead, taking her to the seventh title win of her career. "It's just the best possible way to finish the season," Pavlyuchenkova said at the award ceremony. "It was a really tough match. We were both fighting but somebody had to win. I just couldn't have lost at home."

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US Open champion Marin Cilic battled back from a set down to advance into the Kremlin Cup final after beating last year's runner-up Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Saturday. In the title-deciding match he will face fifth seed Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, who saw off Latvia's Ernest Gulbis, seeded third here. The 26-year-old Croat Cilic, a career-high eighth in the ATP rankings, also claimed the fifth spot in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. He fired 10 aces for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win in two hours 12 minutes. "This was one of my childhood dreams," Cilic said about winning a place in the London finals.

"I'm extremely happy about this success. It's another achievement in my career. It will be a big honour for me to participate there." The rivals held serve until the ninth game when Kukushkin, 74th in the ATP rankings, broke to take the opening set in 49 minutes. Second-seed Cilic replied with a break in the second set to pull the scores level at 1-1.

In the deciding set Cilic produced two more breaks to win the match and book a place in his fifth ATP final this season. Meanwhile, Bautista-Agut had a much easier path to the final, breaking Gulbis's serve once in each set to win 6-4, 6-4.

"Today I played very close to my best tennis," Bautista-Agut said. "I served well and moved well around the court. That was the key to my success today. I've won both finals that I've played this year and I hope I'll be able to play a good final tomorrow as well."