Barty and Sabalenka have already met three times in 2021 with the world No 1 winning their quarter-final at the Miami Open and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final while Sabalenka turned the tables on Saturday to win in Madrid.

Top seed Barty will face either Italian wildcard Martina Trevisan or Kazhak Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round with Sabalenka a possible last-eight opponent. Read More