Italian Flavia Pennetta claimed her ninth WTA singles title on Sunday as she defeated Carla Suarez of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
The 28-year-old second-seeded Italian – ranked 16 in the world – took just over two hours to dispose of her doughty 21-year-old Spanish opponent, who was seeded eight.
Pennetta – a two-time US Open quarter-finalist and a top class doubles player having reached the 2005 US Open final – bested her opponent especially on her first service, converting 72 percent of her first serves into points compared to just 52 percent for Suarez.
Pennetta, who won her first title back in 2004 on clay in Sopot, Poland, was also the better on saving break points, getting out of trouble on nine of the 13 occasions she was a break point down while Suarez only managed to save herself on four of the 11 occasions.
The Italian was the only one of the top three seeds to more than justify her seeding as third seed Kim Clijsters – fresh from her victory in Miami – crashed out in the second round and top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus withdrew during her quarter-final.