Sharapova blasts to title
Maria Sharapova proved way too good for Caroline Wozniacki as she claimed a second BNP Paribas Open title - and US$1million to boot.
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Sharapova dominated a one-sided final, winning 6-2 6-2 in Indian Wells to repeat her triumph of 2006.
The Russian, who climbs to number two in the world rankings as a result, never looked back after breaking in the very first game of the match.
Her more powerful game left Wozniacki in all sorts of problems with the Dane unable to get into Sharapova's service games - she was unable to take either of her two break points in the first set and fashioned none in the second.
A overall winner count of 33-2 told much of the story.
A second break saw Sharapova into a 5-2 lead and she duly served out the set.
Sharapova gained an immediate break of serve at the start of the second set before Wozniacki finally ended a run of six games against her by holding for 1-2.
Wozniacki had fought back from such a position against Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals but this time there was no way back for her.
As in the first set, the Dane was broken again in game seven to leave Sharapova serving for the title and she made no mistake, a love hold seeing her claim the trophy and the prize-money jackpot.
Sharapova insisted the contest had been a "tough battle".
She said: "The scoreline makes the match look a lot easier than it was - it was a tough match, a tough battle, and there were a lot of games that went to deuce and long games.
"Those games could have easily swung the other way, especially some opportunities she had in the second set. I felt like I was always a foot ahead though, especially with the breaks - I served well today, and that helped me."
While Sharapova moves above Victoria Azarenka in the WTA rankling list, she will head to Miami for next week's Sony Open with Serena Williams still above her.
Wozniacki, who climbs to ninth, said: "She was putting pressure on me from the start. I felt like everything she wanted to do today was going in - she was making very few errors, and when she did, it was at times where it didn't really matter.
"Her first and second serves were pretty much the same speed, she stepped into the returns, and even when she was running, she still came down with some shots that were going very close to the lines. I have to say she just played too well."