ANTWERP, Belgium, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Amelie Mauresmo of France beat native Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), in Sunday's final at the WTA Diamond Games Tennis Tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.
It was the second straight year Mauresmo beat Clijsters in the event's championship match, and it came in Clijsters' final tour appearance before a home crowd. She has announced her retirement at the end of this season.
"It was a very emotional day," Clijsters told the BBC. "I tried as hard as I could, but Amelie was very strong today and really dominated. We put on a match of a very high level which gives me confidence for the rest of the season."
Mauresmo earned a diamond racket valued at $1.3 million for winning the tournament three times in a five-year period.
"I said all week I didn't think about (the racket), but honestly I thought about it the whole week," Mauresmo admitted.
Her winner's check was $88,265.