(CNN) -- Belgian Kim Clijsters overpowered seventh seed Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-1 in exactly one hour to successfully defend her women's singles title at the U.S. Open and win her third overall at the tournament.
The lopsided win makes the second-seeded Clijsters the first woman to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles since Venus Williams did so in 2000 and 2001.
Clijsters also won the 2005 title before retiring the next year for a three-year period.
Russian Zvonareva started off well before being two backhand errors broke her to 2-4. She went on to lose the first set with a backhand into the net.
The second set went in similar form for Zvonareva and Clijsters eventually dominated the match, going on to win 78 per cent on her first serves.
The 27-year-old married mother will receive $2.2 million for her win.
"I wasn't playing my best tennis at the beginning of the tournament, but I was able to lift my game in the last two matches, when I needed to," Clijsters told the official WTA Tour website.
"That's probably what I'm most pleased about over these last 14 days, that I was able to do that."
For Wimbledon runner-up Zvonareva, it was her second successive grand slam final after stunning top seed Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the semifinals.