Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beats Kerber and wins Monterrey title

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The Monterrey Open is a happy hunting ground for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, as she won the title at this tournament in 2010 and 2011. She repeated the feat again on Sunday against the top seed, Angelique Kerber, in an exciting final which kept the fans on the edges of their seats all the way to the winning shot.

In the first set Kerber broke in the first game, but from then on both players held their serves and that single break was enough for the German to take the set 6-4. The second set went with serve again to 2-2 but Pavlyuchenkova suddenly notched up her game and took the next four games in a row to take the set 6-2. With the momentum clearly on her side, she then produced a run of five games on the trot to lead 5-0 and it all seemed over for Kerber, but she is a tough and feisty player who never gives up, while Pavlyuchenkova is known to choke in closing out matches. Kerber went on her own roll, wining four games in a row to trail 4-5. The last game of the set was the most exciting, with Pavlyuchenkova eventually winning on her 5th match point to take the set 6-4.

The doubles title went to the top seeds, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Timea Babos, who were victorious over Tamarine Tanasugarn and Eva Birnarova. The final score was 6-1 6-4.


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