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Capriati Wins SEAT Open Title

October 1, 2000

LUXEMBOURG (AP) _ Jennifer Capriati won her first title of the year Sunday, beating Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the Seat Open final.

Capriati, ranked No. 18, won for the ninth time in her career. Her previous best results this year were semifinal appearances at the Australian Open and the Heineken Trophy in the Netherlands.

She struggled early against Maleeva, who was playing her best tennis of the season. However, Capriati capitalized on strong returns and won tough rallies to take command in the second set.

Capriati was seeded third at the $170,000 tournament. Maleeva upset second-seeded Anna Kournikova of Russia in the semifinals on Saturday. Top-seeded Nathalie Tauziat of France lost in the second round.

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