Top seed Caroline Wozniacki cruised past Svetlana Kuznetsova to claim her first title of 2011 today at the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The 20-year-old Dane, in her first final this year, had little trouble seeing off the 16th-seeded Russian 6-1 6-3.
Wozniacki will have further cause for celebration tomorrow when she officially regains the world number one ranking from Belgium's Kim Clijsters.
Wozniacki said afterwards: ‘I was hitting the ball cleanly and aggressively. I knew I had to, because if Svetlana is allowed to dictate, she's just too strong.
‘It was very important to stay pretty close to the baseline and keep her moving. I'm a player that can play aggressively, I can play defensively, I can mix it up and wait for the right moment. It depends on the opponent and it depends on how I feel.’
Kuznetsova admitted she contributed to her own downfall.
‘I was just making so many unforced errors,’ said the Russian.
‘She defends well and doesn't really give you many free points. She plays a stable game and she wins.
‘I just kept changing my strategy all match instead of just choosing one thing and playing it. She's just a smarter player. That's it.’