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Russia’s Pavlyuchenkova To Compete For Monterrey Open Tennis Title

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after a previous victory

Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on the world’s top-ranked female tennis player, Angelique Kerber, on April 9 in the finals of the Monterrey Open tournament in Mexico.

Pavlyuchenkova, who won the Monterrey Open in 2010, 2011, and 2013, defeated third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final.

Germany’s Kerber, ranked No. 1 in the world, defeated fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 in the semifinals.

Kerber lost to Pavlyuchenkova in the 2013 Monterrey final.

"I feel like this tournament I've been playing better and better with every match," Pavlyuchenkova said.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters