Monica Seles won her fourth consecutive du Maurier Open women's tennis championship Sunday with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain.
Seles,24, needed only 76 minutes to win the $150,000 top prize for the hardcourt tournament at a sold-out, 10,500-seat Jarry Stadium. Sanchez Vicario pocketed $60,000.
It was the first tournament title of the year for Seles, the former world No. 1 currently ranked sixth in the world, who showed she is in top form heading into the U.S. Open in two weeks.
Seles broke service for a 2-0 lead in the opening set and served out for the win. She broke Sanchez Vicario to open the second set and again for a 5-2 lead, while closing out the match without losing her service.
| Sanchez Vicario had no answers for Seles' overpowering game on Sunday. (AP) |
Seles faced only one break point in the match and lost only 10 points on her serve during the match.
Seles, who upset top-seeded Martina Hingis in the semifinals, and Sanchez Vicario, who had ended Jana Novotna's 19-match winning run, were each competing in their fifth du Maurier final.
Sanchez Vicario won in 1992 -- beating Seles in the final -- and 1994. Seles also beat Sanchez Vicario in the 1996 final en route to her four straight titles.
While Seles has struggled to regain her form since a fan stabbed her in the back during a tournament in 1993, she has dominated the du Maurier, beginning her comeback with a victory in the 1995 final over South Africa's Amanda Coetzer.
Her record in five du Maurier appearances is 24-1.
It was a baseline battle from the beginning, but Seles hit the ball harder and came up with the more inventive shots than the 27-year-old Sanchez Vicario.
Sanchez Vicario, also a former world No. 1 and now ranked fourth, defeated Seles in the French Open final in June for her third career title at Roland Garros. But Seles holds a career 16-3 record against the Spanard.
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