MADRID (AFP) - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova romped to the Madrid Open title on Saturday with a crushing 6-1, 6-2 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The Czech ended Serena Williams' 27-match winning streak in the semi-finals and was far too good for Kuznetsova, who looked heavy-legged after spending more than 11 hours on court to reach the final.
"I am very happy, I am really glad that I could win here for the second time in Madrid," said Kvitova.
"It is unbelievable for me to finish the week like this. I know that Svetlana wasn't feeling very well, so I wish her good luck."
The world No. 4 only recently returned to action after a six week break after admitting to being physically and mentally exhausted by the travails of the tour.
And that break looks to have done her the world of good as she was the far fresher player in sealing her 16th career title and second in Madrid.
Kuznetsova fended off three break points to hold serve at 1-1, but was blown away thereafter as Kvitova reeled off five straight games to take the first set.
The Russian took a medical timeout at the change of ends, but that didn't disrupt Kvitova's rhythm as she moved 4-0 up in the second.
Kuznetsova showed great determination to finally get on the board in the second, but that only delayed the inevitable as Kvitova rounded off victory in little over an hour on court.