Second-seeded Monica Seles captured the first five-set women's match since 1901, defeating third-seeded Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Virginia Slims Championships on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

It was the young legs of Seles, at 16 nearly four years younger than Sabatini, that finally were the difference in the first women's match to go five sets since Bessie Moore beat Myrtle McAteer 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in the U.S. National Championships in 1901.Tennis officials finally said five sets was too long for women to play, and all women's matches were limited to best-of-3-sets until the Virginia Slims Championships reinstated the best-of-5-sets for its title match in 1984.