Seles beats Dokic to win Brazil Open

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Top seed Monica Seles swept aside Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia 6-3 6-3 to win the $100,000 Brazil Open Saturday.

The American was aggressive throughout the encounter and a break in each set was enough for Seles to clinch her second title of the year.

Dokic saved one match point at 5-3 but Seles wrapped up the match on her second attempt.

“It was a very close match despite the scores. Both sets were fought very hard. Jelena was playing aggressively and not missing many balls,” said Seles, who also won the U.S. Indoor Championships in Oklahoma in February.

“She was going for the lines. I tried to raise the level of my game and to play better tennis.

“I am very happy to have won my second title this year and I look forward to coming back.”

Second seed Dokic, the winner of the Italian Open in May, admitted she had not been at her best.

“I am a bit disappointed by the way I played today especially since I had only lost 10 games on my way to the final,” the 18-year-old said.

“Monica served very well and I was unable to dictate the points since I was not serving well.

“My goal was to reach the final and I did it although it would have been nice to win the tournament.”