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Tennis: Pavlyuchenkova defeats Jankovic in Monterrey

Posted: 06 Mar 2011 06:26 PM PST

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Second-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia defeated top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win her third WTA title and successfully defending the Monterrey Open championship she won a year ago.

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's 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."

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Pietersen out of World Cup for hernia surgery

Posted: 06 Mar 2011 06:25 PM PST

CHENNAI, India (AP) - Kevin Pietersen is out of the rest of England's World Cup campaign because his hernia surgery is more urgent than initially suspected.

The 30-year-old Pietersen had been scheduled for surgery after the tournament, but his condition worsened after batting and bowling in England's six-run Group B win over South Africa.

The England and Wales Crickdet Board has applied to the International Cricket Council for permission to call up Eoin Morgan as a replacement. Morgan would have been in England's original 15-man squad but for a broken finger.

Pietersen was diagnosed with the injury after England's 6-1 one-day series loss in Australia. The surgery requires six weeks recovery.

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