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Tennis: Alcaraz and Sabalenka off to a smooth start in Madrid

# Tennis: Defending Madrid Open champions Carlos Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka have won their opening clashes in the Spanish capital. Alcaraz returned after a month out with a forearm problem to begin his defence at home with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 win over Kazakhstani Alexander Shevchenko. Belarus’ Sabalenka survived a tense tussle with Polish player Magda Linette, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Alcaraz took the Madrid title in the last two years, but his injury forced him to withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open.