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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Ticker) -- In a final between France's top two players, third seed Amelie Mauresmo outdueled fourth seed Sandrine Testud, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), on Saturday to capture the $585,000 Dubai Women's Open.
Mauresmo collected her seventh career WTA crown, as well as the $93,000 winner's check.
This marked just the fourth all-French singles final on the WTA Tour. Mary Pierce defeated Testud in straight sets in the last such matchup at Linz, Austria in October 1999.
Mauresmo triumphed over her Fed Cup teammate for the first time in three career meetings on the WTA Tour. Testud had posted victories in the second round at San Diego in 1999 and in the opening round at Munich in last year's season-ending Sanex Championships.
Ranked 10th in the world entering this week, Mauresmo finally managed to beat a fellow top-10 player, prevailing over world No. 6 Monica Seles in Friday's semifinals.
In her previous outings in 2002, Mauresmo had failed to overcome current world No. 9 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at Sydney and eventual champion Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. The 22-year-old also stumbled against world No. 1-elect Venus Williams in the semifinals of her last two events at Paris and Antwerp.
A resident of Bornel, France, Mauresmo won her first WTA title in more than nine months, having struggled with various injuries during the latter half of 2001. She lifted her last trophy at the German Open in May, capping a run of four titles in five tournaments during a 2 1/2 month span.
Testud, 29, fell short of winning her first title since September at Hawaii. Testud upset top seed Venus Williams in Friday's semifinals.
A native of Lyon, Testud had not advanced past the quarterfinals in her previous five tournaments this year.