Barty casts spell over Rogers in Madrid

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Ash Barty has served up her own brand of wizardry in the "Magic Box" to sweep into the second round of the Madrid Open and give an impressive lift-off to her bid for back-to-back European clay court titles.

Australia's world No.1, fresh from her double triumph in Stuttgart at the weekend, was in irresistible form as she breezed past a familiar adversary this year, American Shelby Rogers, 6-2 6-1.

Under the roof of the Manolo Santana court in Madrid's famed 'Caja Magica' complex, the Queenslander produced her full box of tricks, serving superbly and pulling her opponent all over the court to prevail in only an hour.

Barty had a tough outing against the powerful hitter the last time they played in Charleston but in their fourth meeting of 2021, she was in total control from the moment she served an ace on her first point of the match.

A quick opening victory was just the ticket for Barty after a demanding campaign in Stuttgart where she had to come from a set down in her final three matches last week.

The match against Shelby should have been staged in the open air but rain threatened and the roof was closed.

"I served very well today, I thought that was going to be important," said a delighted Barty, as she celebrated her 13th win in her last 14 matches.

"I've played Shelby many times this year and it's always a very big challenge. I needed to make sure I was at my very best to be able to compete today."

That proved definitely the case as Barty served eight aces, cracked 19 winners and produced only nine unforced errors in her straightforward romp towards a last-32 meeting with Tamara Zidansek.

Zidansek, the world No.80 from Slovenia, defeated Taipei's Hseih Su-Wei 6-2 6-4.