Pavlyuchenkova beats Kerber, through to Australian Open quarters

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova got past Angelique Kerber in 2hrs 37mins to set up a last-eight clash at the Australian Open with Garbine Muguruza.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will face Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals.   -  Getty Images

The 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost in three gruelling sets as Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the quarterfinals for a third time on Monday.

The 30th seed Pavlyuchenkova won through against the German 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in 2hrs 37mins to set up a last-eight clash with Garbine Muguruza in Melbourne.

The 28-year-old Pavlyuchenkova has now reached the quarterfinals three times in the last four years — but has never got any further in the Grand Slam.