Former world number one Lindsay Davenport took just 51 minutes to outclass France's Aravane Rezai and win the Auckland Classic final 6-2 6-2.
Davenport could be a major threat at the Australian Open
It was a third final win in four tournaments for the American, who returned to action in September after a year out to have her first child.
Davenport, who was unseeded, did not face a single break point in the match.
"When you're unseeded you never know how the draw goes. I'm happy with how I made it through the week," she said.
Since returning to playing, Davenport has won 18 of her 19 matches, a run of form that makes her one of the most dangerous unseeded players for the Australian Open, which starts on 14 January.
"I haven't really set a performance goal because of the draw, but if I was to say it now I'd be really excited to get to the quarter-finals," said Davenport, who won the Australian Open in 2000.
"There's probably about five girls I wouldn't want to get in the first round but other than that I'll go with who I'm drawn against.
"Now I've got a week to get used to the conditions in Melbourne and get my body ready."
Rezai was looking for her first WTA Tour title but was overpowered by Davenport, who took advantage of 24 unforced errors from her opponent to ease to victory.
China's Li Na celebrated her comeback from injury with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 triumph
over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the Australian Hardcourt Championships.
The 25-year-old, back from a sixth-month layoff, claimed victory in two
hours, 11 minutes and lift her second career title.