Getting to every ball, putting most shots right where she wanted them, Kim Clijsters was so dominant in the US Open final that it would have taken a perfect performance to top her. Vera Zvonareva did not produce one. Far from it. Playing on the blue hard courts she's come to love, Clijsters won a second consecutive US Open championship and third overall by easily beating a shaky Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 last night in a match that lasted 59 minutes and lacked any drama.
"It's always an honor to go back to a place, especially a Grand Slam, where you've done well and you've won, and you want to bring your best tennis again," Clijsters said. "I know if I bring my best, I'm capable of beating the best players." That she did, including Venus Williams in the semifinals, although Zvonareva—also the runner-up at Wimbledon in July—hardly presented much of a challenge on this night.