No. 2 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her fourth career WTA Monterrey on Sunday, ousting world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in the final of the Abierto GNP Seguros title.
“Some people just have four trophies in total, and I have four here,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “It’s very special and it’s a special place in my heart; it’s where I won my first title and since won three more.”
The Russian denied the world No. 1 Kerber her first title of the season, racing to a 5-0 lead in the final set before closing it out.
“I’ll probably enjoy this win for a few more days, but in tennis, you’ve got another one in a couple of weeks,” the Russian said. “I’ll have Fed Cup, playing for my country. But I really hope to bring this form with me throughout the year, improve, and be fitter for the next tournaments.”
It was her first title since 2014 Linz.
Pavlyuchenkova improved to 9-5 in career finals, while Kerber fell to 10-16 after her first final of 2017.
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