Safina wins Italian Open tennis event

ROME: Dinara Safina banged out a 6-3, 6-2 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova Saturday to capture the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

The top-seeded Safina had been winless in three previous title matches this season and her surprisingly easy victory against her fellow Russian might quiet the critics who had questioned her No. 1 world ranking.

Her victory was worth $350,000. Safina rose to 10-10 all-time in finals and is 8-5 against Kuznetsova.