Plucky Maria Sharapova demonstrated her talent in downing top seed Kim Clijsters 7-5 7-5 in San Diego on Sunday to win the US$1.34m Sony Ericsson Tier I Acura Classic.
Clijsters has consistently bettered the young Russian in their four previous matches, but the second-seed blonde played an aggressive baseline game to clinch her second title in, and her 12th career tour singles title.
"I had lost to her four times in a row, so I thought this might be my lucky day. It’s amazing to get the title."
"I hung in there during some amazing points in the second set," said Sharapova.
Clijsters was complimentary of Sharapova’s growing mature game, “She wasn’t going for her shots as much. That’s where she’s improved.
"Today, she mixed it up a little more. You see how a player grows up and that’s great."
Clijsters, whose errors in the 12th game handed the game to Sharapova, commented after the game that she struggled for energy.
"I fought and tried to go for it, but after long points, it was hard to refocus."