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Rittner Wins Benelux Open

May 19, 2001

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) _ Barbara Rittner of Germany won the Benelux Open by defeating Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic in straight sets Saturday.

Rittner, seeded fifth in the $140,000 event, coasted to only her second WTA tour victory, sweeping Koukalova 6-3, 6-2. The 28-year-old German, ranked 74th in the world, won her first title nine years ago in Schenectady, N.Y.

Her most difficult match came in the quarterfinals, when she beat Anna Smashinova of Israel 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

Koukalova, ranked 186th in the world, was going for her first WTA since turning pro in 1999.

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