LEIPZIG, Germany, Sept. 30 -- Kim Clijsters trounced Magdalena Maleeva, 6-1, 6-1, in just 49 minutes Sunday to successfully defend her title at the Sparkassen Cup.
Clijsters, the top seed, took home the $90,000 top prize in winning her second title of the year.
The Belgian also captured the Bank of the West Classic crown at Stanford, Calif., in July. The 18-year-old Clijsters, who will remain at No. 5 in the WTA rankings, has won five tour events, but successfully defended one of her titles for the first time.
On her ascent to fifth place in the WTA rankings, Clijsters also advanced to the finals at the Tennis Masters Series at Indian Wells, the French Open and the Heineken Trophy at 's-hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
The sixth-seeded Maleeva, 26, also reached the Leipzig final in 1995, when she fell to local favorite Anke Huber. The Bulgarian also advanced to the quarterfinals here on four occasions.
Maleeva failed to win her ninth career tour crown. In April, she captured the Budapest Open claycourt title. She also reached the championship match of the Terazura 2001 indoor event at Nice, France, where she was crushed by Amelie Mauresmo.