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Pavlyuchenkova takes 3rd title at Monterrey Open

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Mexico City, Apr 8 (EFE).- Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Monterrey Open.

Pavlyuchenkova, the No. 5 seed and world No. 20, also won the title in 2010 and 2011.

The 21-year-old Pavlyuchenkova played a sloppy first set against Kerber, who is ranked 6th in the world, but she rebounded in the second set and stayed in the match.

Pavlyuchenkova took the first five games in the third set, breaking the 25-year-old Kerber twice.

The German, however, took the next four games, holding serve twice and getting two breaks.

The Russian's nerves appeared to get to her and it looked like she was going to let the win slip away, but she regained control of the situation in the 10th game and took the third set 6-4 to secure the title.

The chair umpire ordered a 10-minute rest break for both players before the start of the third set due to the heat in Monterrey, an industrial city in northern Mexico.

Kerber ran out of steam in the third set, but the support of the fans seemed to give her a fresh burst of energy, helping her to push the match to one hour and 48 minutes.

Pavlyuchenkova walked away with a check for $40,000 and 280 ranking points, while Kerber got $20,000 and 200 ranking points.

In the doubles final, Hungary's Timea Babos and Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm, who were seeded No. 1, beat the duo of Czech Eva Birnerova and Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1, 6-4 in 70 minutes.

Babos and Date-Krumm earned $11,500, while the finalists took home $6,000.

The 19-year-old Babos won the hardcourt tournament last year, but she was beaten by Romania's Monica Niculescu 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

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

The Monterrey Open is one of Mexico's main tennis tournaments along with the Acapulco Open, whose winners were Spain's Rafael Nadal and Italy's Sara Errani in March.

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