Angelique Kerber through to WTA Monterrey Open final

Angelique Kerber through to WTA Monterrey Open final

World number one Angelique Kerber moved through to the Monterrey Open semi-finals after eliminated defending champion Heather Watson.

Kerber, who also lost out to Pavlyuchenkova in the 2013 final, was denied a first title of the year following a fluctuating battle in the Mexican heat.

Pavlyuchenkova seized the early advantage in the match, taking the only break of the first set on her third set point. Even as Kerber was serving for the first set, Watson fended off a set point, as well has earning another break point but again could not get any leeway on Kerber's serve as she wrapped up the first set on her second set point.

With him in her corner, she raced out to a 5-0 lead in the final set, ultimately serving out her ninth career title in just under two hours.

Pavlyuchenkova prevailed 6-4 2-6 6-1 in Sunday's (Monday AEST) final, a re-match of her last title here when she beat Kerber 4-6 6-2 6-4 in the 2013 final.

In the doubles final, top seeds Alicja Rosolska and Nao Hibino recovered from a break down in the second set to defeat Dalila Jakupovic and Nadiia Kichenok, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Kerber's reward is a semi-final showdown with fourth seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

"I think we both played on a really high level today", Kerber added.

British No. 3 Heather Watson continued the defence of her Monterrey Open title with an impressive victory over sixth-seed Ekaterina Makarova in the last 16.

The Spaniard entered the tournament with a 1-4 record but has reeled off three in a row.

The tournament became Kerber's first finals appearance in 2017.

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