There were no dramatics from Caroline Wozniacki after her routine dismissal of Elena Vesnina in the Family Circle Cup finals Sunday on Daniel Island.
The world's No. 1 player simply raised a hand to acknowledge the crowd, collected her winner's check of $110,000 -- and sprinted to make a flight for an exhibition match today in Monaco.
Wozniacki's 6-2, 6-3 victory over a visibly weary Vesnina on Stadium Court was her third WTA Tour singles title of the year and 15th of her career, and will extend her streak of weeks at No. 1 to at least 31.
And though some critics won't be satisfied until the 20-year-old Wozniacki wins her first Grand Slam title, her opponent Sunday said there's little doubt about who is the best women's player in the world right now.
"I would consider her the best player in the world," said Vesnina, a 24-year-old Russian, whose own ranking will rise from No. 56 to the top 45. "She's No. 1, first of all, and it's really tough to play against her, believe me. Sometimes you feel that she's everywhere on the court, like she's covering all the court.
"She's changing a little bit of pace, and she's making you think and play, and that's why I mean she's tough."
With other top players wrestling with health issues -- Venus and Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters among them -- Wozniacki will head
to Europe and the red clay-court season as a favorite to win the French Open.
"It definitely helps," Wozniacki said of her performance this week, which included two three-set wins and a straight-set victory over eighth-ranked Jelena Jankovic.
"It gives me some confidence that I can play well on clay as well," said Wozniacki, who is the first No. 1 player to win the Family Circle Cup since Martina Hingis in 1999. "I beat some good players, so I'm very satisfied."
Vesnina had faced Wozniacki twice before on green clay, taking her to three sets twice in semifinal matches at Ponte Vedra Beach. But after spending two hours more on court during the week than Wozniacki -- and also making the doubles finals with partner Sania Mirza -- Vesnina had little in the tank on Sunday.
"I wasn't that fresh today, like on the previous matches," said Vesnina, who upset fifth-ranked Samantha Stosur, the defending Family Circle Cup champ, during the week and earned $57,350 for her efforts in singles. "But Caroline is really good right now, and she's making you play. That's why you hit a lot of balls, and then you are getting tired, and it didn't work for me that well like the whole week before."
Vesnina handed Wozniacki an easy break in the fourth game of the first set, and fought hard to get to 3-3 in the second. But after consulting with her father/coach, Piotr, Wozniacki reeled off three straight games to take the Cup.
"I think I played some very good tennis," Wozniacki said. "Today I played very aggressively and everything was working for me. I was able to adapt my game to the clay and able to learn how to slide.
"It's the first tournament (on clay), and I'm very happy about the way it turned out this week."