Kerber, Pavlyuchenkova advance to final in Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2013

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber and fifth-seeded
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will face off in the finale of the $235,000 Monterrey
Open after both women survived a scare in Saturday’s semifinals.

Germany’s Kerber needed all three sets to dispose of third-seeded Russian
Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in just over two hours on the hardcourts at
Sierra Madre Tennis Club.

Pavlyuchenkova was also pushed to the limit against Romanian Monica Niculescu,
but the fifth-seeded Russian bounced back from a first-set misstep to earn a
3-6, 6-2, 6-4 decision.

Kerber and Pavlyuchenkova are both in search of their first WTA title this

Pavlyuchenkova straight-setted the world No. 6 Kerber 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3) in
their only meeting against each other in the quarterfinals at Brisbane earlier
this year.

This week’s Monterrey champ will collect $40,000.