Moya and Huber win Estoril Open

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The Independent Online

Carlos Moya defeated fellow Spaniard Francisco Clavet 6-3, 6-2 today to win the Estoril Open in Oeiras, Portugal, the European tour's first event on clay.

Top-seeded Anke Huber of Germany won the women's title with a hardfought 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 victory against second-seeded Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy.

Moya, ranked 46th in the world, broke his opponent's serve twice in the first set, cruising to victory in just over an hour.

At just 23, the former world No 1 didn't have to battle much to outplay his 31-year-old opponent, who was slower and appeared weary as he missed a number of runs to reach the ball.

Playing as a wild card, Moya stunned some 5,000 spectators with his play, after he had struggled with a recurrent back injury which had forced him to retire from the Australian Open in January.

Moya himself said he was overwhelmed by the victory.

"All I wanted was to finish a match with no pain in my back," he said minutes after winning the match.

Clavet, who defeated Andre Agassi in Arizona last month, had knocked out the tournament's top seed, Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, in the first round.