Pavlyuchenkova captures third Monterrey crown

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Updated: April 7, 2013

Fifth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
outlasted top-seeded Angelique Kerber in Sunday’s final at the $235,000
Monterrey Open to remain perfect at the event and claim her third title in
four years in Mexico.

Pavlyuchenkova has never lost in Monterrey, as the 21-year-old Russian
improved to 15-0 at this event with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Kerber of
Germany on the hardcourts at Sierra Madre Tennis Club.

Pavlyuchenkova, who won back-to-back titles here in 2010 and 2011 before
skipping the event last year to play in Dubai, overcame 13 double faults to
capture her first WTA title of the year and fourth of her career.

Kerber nearly rallied from an 0-5 hole in the third set, but was unable to
complete the comeback and remains in search of her first WTA crown of the
year.

With the win, Pavlyuchenkova improved to 2-0 against the world No. 6 German,
with their only previous meeting coming in the quarterfinals at Brisbane
earlier this year.