Consistency the key for Serena
Madrid Open winner Serena Williams said beaten finalist Victoria Azarenka remained "the player to beat" in the women's game.
American powerhouse Williams turned in a masterclass to embarrass her Belarusian opponent 6-1 6-3 in the Spanish capital in just over an hour on Sunday.
It was the 30-year-old's first appearance in Europe this season but the manner of the victory has seen the 13-time Grand Slam champion installed as favourite to win the upcoming 2012 French Open with most bookmakers.
Williams will now head to Rome to contest the Internazionali BNL d'Italia this week and said she still had work to do to usurp Azarenka and become the top player in the women's game again.
"I think Victoria is the player to beat," she said. "She has won I don't know how many tournaments this year alone. That's an amazing amount. So if you look at the stats, you just have to put her up there as the player to beat."
She added: "My whole thing is to play consistently. That's what I've done the last couple weeks - and doing what I do best, which at the end of the day is playing tennis.
"I belong on a tennis court. That's where I feel amazing."