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LUXEMBOURG (TICKER) -- Top seed Kim Clijsters won her third title of the year on Sunday, trouncing sixth seed Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 6-2, in the final of the $170,000 Seat Open.

Clijsters captured her second title in Luxembourg, claiming her first career tournament victory here as a qualifier in 1999.

The 18-year-old from Belgium also won the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, California in July and the Sparkassen Cup in Leipzig, Germany in September. She has triumphed in her last three finals after losing her previous three championship matches in 2001.

"I feel like I'm playing very well right now," said Clijsters, who earned the $27,000 first prize. "Today's win gives me a lot of confidence heading into the Championships in Munich."

Clijsters, who became the first Belgian to reach a Grand Slam singles final at the French Open in June, was awarded the third seed at the Sanex Championships, which begins Tuesday. She will face Russian Elena Dementieva in the opening round.

Raymond, 28, advanced to the final in her Luxembourg debut. The top doubles player in the WTA rankings, Raymond had advanced to the singles semifinals at Birmingham and Hawaii in 2001, as well as five quarterfinals.

"Kim was just too strong for me today," Raymond said. "A lot of the balls that were in for me this week were just missing today. But this week was a great way for me to finish my singles season."

Raymond has two career singles titles to her name. She won the grasscourt event at Birmingham, England last year after claiming her first crown at Quebec in 1996.

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