Maria Sharapova put on a masterclass display of tennis to devastatingly beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells.
The Russian, who leaps up to second in the world thanks to her triumph in California, broke in the first game and never looked back as she outclassed and outsmarted an opponent making her first WTA tour final since October.
Sharapova was simply too good for her Danish counterpart, nailing 33 winners to two and slamming four aces – the last of which earned her the BNP Paribas Open crown for a second time in her career.
Sadly for Wozniacki there was nothing she could do against such a formidable opponent who, although Sharapova made her fair share of unforced errors, nevertheless dictated rallies throughout.
Wozniacki qualified for the final after defeating Angelique Kerber over three sets in the semis, having earned a bye into the last four thanks to first-seed Victoria Azarenka’s withdrawal through injury.
Sharapova, meanwhile, careered through 6-4 6-3 against Maria Kirilenko and hadn’t dropped a set throughout the tournament. That record was reminiscent of her 2013 form where, over the past two events (Melbourne and Doha) she had won every set played until tournament elimination.
Sharapova meant business from the off, breaking her opponent in the first game before acing to go 2-0 up. The set then went with serve until Sharapova again broke to make it 5-2 and just moments later the Russian powered down a forehand to take the eighth and decisive game by love.
Into the second and Sharapova remained strong, claiming an immediate break before making it five games in a row with a smooth service of her own. Wozniacki proved her mettle in the fourth game, saving her serve despite a break opportunity for Sharapova, but the Dane could do nothing against the Sharapova serve as her rival pushed on to 4-2.
Wozniacki had her chances to claw a game back on her serve in the seventh but Sharapova’s determination was too much for the 22-year-old, who saved a break and lost two advantages of her own before Sharapova’s might forced through a winner for 5-2.
Into the last game and the 2012 Roland Garros champion proved her class, acing the final point to claim an historic Indian Wells title that saw her win every set over the two-week tournament.