Adelaide title shoots Bencic into top 10

Belinda Bencic will re-enter the world's top 10 and next week's Australian Open with surging confidence after annihilating the higher-ranked Daria Kasatkina in the Adelaide International 2 final.

But she knows not to get ahead of herself, the Swiss star aware she'll "start from zero" at Melbourne Park.

The world No.13 took barely an hour to claim the honours on Saturday, breaking Kasatkina's serve to love in the opening game to set the tone in a 6-0 6-2 drubbing of the world No.8.

It was the seventh WTA title for the former world No.4 and 2021 Adelaide finalist, who will surely enter Melbourne Park among the favourites given the statement made at Memorial Drive this week.

Bencic converted five of her seven break points and won almost double the amount of points than the Russian, who had been impressive in reaching the semi-finals before both women enjoyed walkovers to progress to the decider.

It was the first silverware for the reigning Olympic champion under new coach Dmitry Tursunov and she's "sure it's not the last one".

But Bencic will wipe the slate clean once she takes the short flight to Melbourne.

"That (good form) doesn't mean anything; once I step on the court in Melbourne," she said.

"It always starts from zero, so it doesn't matter if you have a losing streak of 25 going into the Australian Open or if you are on a winning streak.

"Of course it helps to be confident and to know and to believe in yourself, but ... it starts from zero again."

Bencic is projected to return to No.10 in Monday's updated rankings, her first appearance in the top 10 since September 2020.

"Yeah, it's really nice," she said of her imminent rise.

"Of course it's a big goal for everyone, very close, and I've been very close for I think the last couple of months.

"I'm really happy I finally made a step back into the top 10, and I hope to go further."

She'll play world No.91 Viktoriya Tomova in the Australian Open's first round.