Hingis claims Porsche Grand Prix for fourth time
Martina Hingis gave her 17-year-old opponent a tennis lesson Sunday, beating Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-0, 6-3 to win the Porsche Grand Prix for the fourth time.
Hingis, in top shape after a month off, needed just 52 minutes to capture the $535,000 tournament.
"I've got many years of tennis to play, so it was OK," Clijsters said. "It's been a great tournament for me. I was a little tired but Martina was just too good for me today."
Hingis was playing her first tournament since losing to Venus Williams at the U.S. Open. But the layoff didn't show as the 20-year-old Swiss swept her three matches, dropping just 10 games.
She earned $87,000, breaking the $2 million mark for the year and passing Williams.
Clijsters, the tour's 1999 newcomer of the year, had upset two top 10 players to reach the final as a wild card and quickly became the crowd favourite.
But she made too many errors to mount a serious challenge to the world's No. 1 player, lofting a lob long to end the match.
Clijsters, who will crack the top 30 after reaching the final, had beaten No. 6 Conchita Martinez and No. 7 Nathalie Tauziat, as well as Anna Kournikova.
Clijsters wasted two break chances early in the second set. Hingis then charged out at 4-3 and broke Clijsters at love, blistering a return down the line and capitalizing on three errors by the Belgian.
Clijsters is the youngest player to capture two titles in her first nine tournaments. At 16 she was the youngest player at the 1999 U.S. Open. She led eventual winner Serena Williams 5-3 in the third set before losing in the third round.