Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova successfully defended her Monterrey Open title after a battling three-set win over top seed Jelena Jankovic.

The second-seeded Russian has a perfect record at this hard-court tournament and her confidence showed as she battled back from a set down to see off the world number six 2-6 6-2 6-3.

The deciding set swung in Pavlyuchenkova's favour when she broke her Serbian opponent to lead 4-3, before holding in the next and securing a second break to improve her record at Monterrey to played 10, won 10.

Pavlyuchenkova also enjoys the distinction of having won all the WTA finals she has contested - two in Monterrey and one in Istanbul - and was thrilled pick up another title.

‘Last year I said this was very special for me, but this one was also very special, maybe even more,’ the 19-year-old said.

‘The crowd made it possible for me last year and they made it possible for me this year too. They pulled me through each match. It's always tough to defend a title so it means a lot.’

Jankovic was thwarted in her bid for a 13th WTA title but conceded Pavlyuchenkova was the deserved victor, saying: ‘It's a great city and I felt amazing here.

‘Congratulations to Anastasia, she played so well tonight. She was the better player.’