Ash Barty has continued her quest for a top-eight French Open seeding after a straight sets win over Fed Cup teammate Daria Gavrilova in Madrid.
The Queenslander dropped just three games in the 6-1 6-2 victory to launch her clay court season.
The win over Gavrilova allows Barty to pick up some valuable ranking points ahead of the French Open later this month (May 26). It's a tight top 9 with 1,876 points separating world No.1 Naomi Osaka and ninth-ranked Barty.
The top-eight seeding at Roland Garros would mean Barty wouldn't run into higher-ranked opposition until the quarterfinals.
The victory for the 22-year-old also puts her on a 10-game winning streak which includes her Fed Cup wins over Belarus last month in Brisbane.
Barty dominated all facets of the match against Gavrilova finding six aces and won 65 per cent of her first service points.
In 2018, Barty reached the second round of the Madrid Open before going down in three sets to Caroline Wozniacki.
She will now meet Australian Open semifinalist and American Danielle Collins in the second round in Madrid.
Barty also enjoyed a win in the women's doubles with Victoria Azarenka to advance to the next round.