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Sharapova romps to Indian Wells victory

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Maria Sharapova has won the BNP Paribas Open for a second time after romping her way to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Caroline Wozniacki.

The Russian put on a stunning display to demolish former world No. 1 Wozniacki, hitting an incredible 33 winners as her opponent could not live with the power coming from the other side of the net.

Wozniacki had shown a great return to form this week at Indian Wells given the troubles the Dane had in 2012 - starting the season on top of the world rankings and almost sliding out of the top ten come the end of it.

However, she could not deal with the relentless attacking play from Sharapova, who played close to perfection and thoroughly deserved to be crowned champion, lifting the 28th title of her career.

It was the perfect start to the match for Sharapova when she broke to love, and very quickly after consolidating her break it was evident Wozniacki was going to have her work cut out to contain the reigning French Open champion.

While Wozniacki managed to hang on to Sharapova by holding her next two service games, Sharapova eventually secured the insurance of a double break, and with it went on to serve out the opening set to seize the initiative in the final.

Wozniacki needed a game plan to cope with Sharapova, but it was all falling to pieces for the Dane as Sharapova immediately broke and raced into a 3-1 lead, continuing to hit winners from all angles of the court.

The second seed was well in control, and after Wozniacki had just about stopped the double break it was inevitable Sharapova would get it, and get it she did in some style in the seventh game before going on to seal a second triumph at Indian Wells.

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