MADRID: Women's world number one Dinara Safina claimed her second major clay title in a row here on Sunday as she outclassed Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 to win the Madrid Masters.
The 23-year-old Russian - who lost the 2008 Roland Garros final to Ana Ivanovic - showed she is on track as a serious title contender when the French Open gets underway in a week.
Safina has figured in WTA finals over the last three weeks in the grand slam buildup, losing Stuttgart to compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova but turning the tables to beat her in Rome a week ago.
Despite the humbling defeat in 1hr,48 min, Wozniacki, 19, will still make her career Top ten breakthrough in Monday's final pre-French Open rankings.
The youngster playing her fourth final of the season, won a minor Florida title in February.
Safina has quickly become a force in the game after shaking off a crisis of confidence. She emerged victorious with three breaks of serve, going through on her second match point.
The younger sister who has lived and played in the shadow of her flamboyant 29-year-old brother Marat Safin, has become a force in her own right in recent seasons. Madrid marked her fifth final in eight tournaments in 2009.
She was runner-up at Sydney and the Australian Open in addition to Stuttgart and now owns 11 career titles.
Since becoming number one on April 20, Safina has posted a 14-1 record. Wozniacki now stands 3-10 against Top five opponents.
Safina opened up an early lead, breaking in the third and fifth games as her greater experience began to make an impression in gthe opening set.
Wozniacki saved two set points before losing the opener in 44 minutes. In the second, Safina started with a break and fought through a long eighth game, saving two break points.
Wozniacki annulled a match point on her own serve in the ninth before Safina closed it out a game later for her 28th victory of the season against just six defeats. Wozniacki now stands 35-11.