No Thrill Ride today. Except for a bump near the end, the world number 1 cleanly and efficiently managed a straight set win over Caroline Wozniacki, and claimed the Mutua Madrelena Madrid Open championship.
Serving better than she has in a while, Safina put the kind of pressure on Wozniacki that she put on Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Rome final last week. It wasn't until the second set that Wozniacki became creative enough to respond to that pressure, but her efforts were insufficient. In the seventh game of that set, serving at 40-0, Safina suddenly found herself at deuce. There would be six more deuces, but ultimately, no turning point for Wozniacki, as Safina calmly pulled herself out of trouble and went on to win the match, 6-2, 6-4.