Fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat top seed Angelique Kerber in the final of the Monterrey Open and won the Mexican tournament for the third time. The Russian is now 15-0 in Monterrey, having won the title every time she entered: in 2010, 2011 and this year.
In the third set Pavlyuchenkova was leading 5-0 before Kerber got closer by winning two straight games, and then when Pavlyuchenkova was serving for the match at 5-2, Kerber won two more games. Eventually, Pavlyuchenkova closed it out 4-6 6-2 6-4.
Having won the $40,000 International-level trophy, the Russian has climbed from No.26 to No.20 in the WTA rankings. Kerber has remained world No.6. (source: Women Who Serve, photo: © Neal Trousdale)