x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Pavlyuchenkova defeats Jankovic to retain Monterrey Open title

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the Russian second seed, defeated top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win her third WTA title and retains the Monterrey Open championship.

MONTERREY, MEXICO // Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the Russian second seed, defeated top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win her third WTA title and retains the Monterrey Open championship.

Jankovic was seeking her 13th WTA tournament title and got off to a good start. But the Serb had problems in the final set.

Pavlyuchenkova broke Jankovic in the seventh game to lead 4-3. She then held serve and broke again in the final game — thanks partly to a double fault by Jankovic — to close out the match.

Pavlyuchenkova has won both matches she has played against Jankovic and is also 10-0 in the Monterrey tournament. The Russian has won all three of her WTA finals — two in Monterrey and one in Istanbul.

"Last year I said this was very special for me, but this one was also very special, maybe even more," Pavlyuchenkova said. "The crowd made it possible for me last year and they made it possible for me this year too."