Serena Williams beat world number one Victoria Azarenka
6-1 6-3 to win the Madrid Open for the first time.
It was Williams' first appearance in Europe this season and the world number
six and ninth seed dominated the Belarussian over two sets.
It took the American just over an hour to win the match and confirmed her as
the player in form ahead of the French
Open which starts on 27 May.
Williams hit a series of winners to take her 41st WTA singles title.
It is the eighth time the pair have met, with Williams winning on seven occasions.
Azarenka's only victory over Williams came in the final of the 2009 Miami
tournament, but she came nowhere near the American on Sunday, with Williams
superior in every department.
The Madrid Open is the second consecutive WTA clay tournament for Williams,
coming a month after she won