Sharapova cruises to Indian Wells title

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Maria Sharapova has claimed her first tournament victory since last year's French Open after she outclassed Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-2 to win her second BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells.

It was Sharapova's first final of the year and her first hard court title since August 2011. The victory, worth $1 million, gave Sharapova at least one title for 11 straight seasons dating since 2003.

The Russian hit 33 winners on the way compared to just two from the Dane and the victory will see Sharapova move up to second in the world rankings.

The 2006 champion Sharapova reached the final without dropping a set and made her intentions clear when she broke Wozniacki's serve to love in the very first game.

It was one-way traffic from then on in as the Russian romped to the title in just an hour and 21 minutes.

Sharapova was understandably delighted with the win and put her success down to hard work.

She told Sky Sports: "This is what I do all the work for is these moments.

"What makes it so special is when you end up as the champion, that's why I am smiling.

"When you have days like this it's a really nice feeling because everything has paid off."

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