RUSSIA’S PAVLYUCHENKOVA AND FRANCE’S GARCIA ADVANCE IN MONTERREY

The duo of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the No. 2 seed and Russia’s tennis player, and her French counterpart, Caroline Garcia, the No. 3 seed, went on to win their opening matches at the Monterrey Open.


With this victory, they have thus been able to advance into the second rounds of the hard-court event in northern Mexico.

On the side of Pavlyuchenkova, she only had to pummel Tatjana Maria of Germany, 6-1, 6-3, to advance. On the other hand, Garcia toppled RenataZarazua, Mexican teenager to go on to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Monday.

Pavlyuchenkova, a 25-year-old three-time champion in Monterrey, needed no more than 70 minutes to win her match. Thus, she would face whoever wins in the between Kristie Ahnof America and Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova in the second round.

In the world rankings, Garcia sits at No. 24 and will be out to face the winner of the contest between Madison Brengle of America and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.

While playing Zarazua, 23-year old Garcia had a few problems with her and needed as much as one hour and 50 minutes to defeat the Mexican who is ranked 304 in the world.

Tuesday will see the German World No. 1, Angelique Kerber go head on with Francesca Schiavone, the Italian veteran and 2010 French Open champion. Schiavone is currently ranked 152 in the world rankings.

In recent years, a larger chunk of European players have dominated at the Monterrey Open event. 2009 saw Marion Bartoli of France win the title. In 2010, 2011 and 2013, Pavlyuchenkova carted away the trophy.

In 2012, it was won by TimeaBabos of Hungary while Ana Ivanovic from Serbia took the championship home in 2014. In 2015, Switzerland’sTimeaBacsinszky won the title and Britain’s Heather Watson won the title last year.