Pavlyuchenkova topples Kerber to win Monterrey crown


Pavlyuchenkova topples Kerber to win Monterrey crown

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 to win the WTA title at Monterrey.

“I’m really overwhelmed and don’t think I realized that I just won my fourth Monterrey trophy,” Pavlyuchenkova said.
“Playing the final against the number one player in the world is already very special, because everyone wants to compete against the number one,” she added.
“You don’t get so many chances to do it, so it was one opportunity for me today. Beating her feels amazing.”

“Honestly, I didn’t have much energy left in the tank during the second set. First, it was really hot today, and tough conditions. Angelique was making me play every single point, so I felt as though I’d already given a lot in the first set. The first three games in the second were really long and I felt, ‘That’s it. I don’t have anything left.’

“But it’s a final; I said I’d try my best and give everything I had. So I had to find something somewhere, what little energy I did have, and put that into the match. I’m so happy I managed to do that.”

I’ll probably enjoy this win for a few more days, but in tennis, you’ve got another one in a couple of weeks. 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.”

Kerber was playing in her first final of 2017. It was the second time Pavlyuchenkova has beaten Kerber in a Monterrey final. She downed the German in 2013 when she added a third crown to those she won in 2010 and 2011.

Thanks to their strong results in Monterrey, both women are set to make big leaps on the Road to Singapore leaderboard, with Kerber inching just outside the Top 8 at No.10, while Pavlyuchenkova is two spots behind at No.12.