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Costa Wins Portugal Tennis Title

April 11, 1999

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) _ Fourth-seeded Albert Costa of Spain beat No. 2 Todd Martin 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3 Sunday to win the Estoril Open.

In the women’s final, Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik made a brilliant debut on the WTA Tour, defeating Rita Kis of Hungary 6-3, 6-1.

``It was a very difficult match for me,″ said Costa, a 1995 finalist before losing to Austria’s Thomas Muster.

Martin, ranked No. 8 in the world and fresh from a Davis Cup win over Britain, was seeking his second title this year. He won at Sydney, Australia, in January.

In the women’s match, Kis, playing her first career final, wasted numerous chances against the 18-year-old Srebotnik.

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