MONTREAL (Reuters) - World number two Caroline Wozniacki breezed to a 6-3 6-2 victory over Vera Zvonareva in the final of the rain-hit Montreal Cup on Monday, confirming her status as the red-hot favorite for the U.S. Open.
A razor-sharp Wozniacki began the day crushing Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3 in their rain delayed semi-final held over from Saturday and then disposed of Wimbledon finalist Zvonareva in just 74 minutes.
"After waiting around two days and unable to play I actually felt a little bit tired going out for my first match because mentally you have to be prepared all the time," Wozniacki told reporters. "But I'm so happy, I won two matches today and it is a great feeling."
The players were back on center court just two hours after their semi-final matches and Zvonareva, who advanced when Victoria Azarenka retired with blisters while trailing 7-6 1-0, was quick out of the blocks with the early break.
But Wozniacki was soon in control sweeping through the next four games.
Zvonareva had a chance to extend the set earning triple break point with Wozniacki serving at 5-3 but could not convert, the Dane fighting back take the first.
Wozniacki kept up the pressure in the second gaining the early break while a frustrated Zvonareva started gesturing and talking to herself.
"Of course I would like to be number one in the world but Serena is a great champion, she's won so many grand slams," said Wozniacki. "My goal for now is just to try to win a grand slam and the number one spot is secondary to that."
(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; editing by Frank Pingue)