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Moroccan Wins Netherlands Tennis

August 8, 1999

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Sixth-seeded Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco easily defeated Argentina’s Mariano Zabaleta 6-0, 6-3 Sunday in a shortened final of the Grolsch Open tennis tournament.

With rain delays and bad light Saturday forcing Zabaleta to finish his semifinal on a humid Sunday morning, El Aynaoui was clearly the fresher of the two players.

The final was cut from best-of-5 to best-of-3 sets following Saturday’s lengthy stoppages.

The third-seeded Zabaleta did much better in the second set, but El Aynaoui kept control with accurate, penetrating ground strokes.

El Aynaoui pocketed $66,400 for the victory on the clay court of Amsterdam’s Amstel Park tennis stadium.

Zabaleta completed his semifinal victory earlier Sunday by capturing the third set 7-5 to oust second-seeded Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador. Their semifinal had been suspended Saturday evening with the score at one set each, 3-6, 7-5.

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