Kerber to face Pavlyuchenkova in Monterrey final

Mexico City, Apr 7 (EFE).- Top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany will face Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of the Monterrey Open on Sunday.

Kerber, who is ranked 6th in the world, beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko, the No. 3 seed, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday, while Pavlyuchenkova, who is seeded No. 5 and ranked 26th in the world, defeated Romania's Monica Niculescu 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.

Pavlyuchenkova won the Monterrey Open in 2010 and 2011.

The winner gets $40,000 in prize money while the finalist walks away with a $20,000 paycheck.

The hardcourt tournament was won last year by Timea Babos of Hungary.

The 19-year-old Babos, who is ranked No. 123 in the world, lost to Niculescu 5-7, 2-6 in the quarterfinals.

The 5th edition of the Monterrey Open, which will offer $235,000 in prize money, featured its last three champions: France's Marion Bartoli (2009), Pavlyuchenkova (2010 and 2011) and Babos (2012).