Americans King, Keys Advance in Women’s Qualifying

By Benjamin Snyder
On the first day of the women’s qualifying event, three of ten Americans advanced to the second round of the qualifying competition and will fight for the 12 spots available into the main draw.
The 17-year old and wild card Madison Keys became one of the first players to advance to the second round with an upset of the No. 24 seed Garbine Mugurza of Spain 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1 in just over two hours.
Striking eight aces in the match to Mugurza’s one, the World No. 158 Keys dominated her 18-year old competition in the final set. The American, who advanced to the second round of her maiden appearance in the US Open main draw last year, won 82% points after getting her first serve in play (of 17 total points, she dropped just three). Mugurza, meanwhile, successfully converted only four of her own 14 first serve points.
For a spot in the main draw, Keys will take on the No. 8 seed Timea Babos of Hungary, who beat Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-2, 6-4.
Vania King, the No. 3 seed and the 2011 Cincinnati doubles champion with partner Yaroslava Shvedova, joined Keys into the second round after taking out 41-year old Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan 6-4, 6-4.
The American, a doubles titlist at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010 with Shvedova, next faces the No. 17 seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Julia Cohen of the United States.
A third representative of the United States, Alexa Glatch, also proved successful in her bid to advance to the second round. The 22-year old Californian with a big-hitting game ousted the No. 5 seed Iveta Benesova in three sets, needing 90 minutes to advance.
In other results for the American women, Coco Vandeweghe, who secured a breakthrough performance at the Stanford event after qualifying and advancing to the final against Serena Williams, fell to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in straight sets.
Melanie Oudin, a WTA Tour titlist at Birmingham earlier this year, lost to the No. 18 seed Melinda Czink in straight sets, while Ohio-native Lauren Davis failed to defeat the women’s top seed Shvedova.
Also out of the tournament are American wild cards Jill Craybas, who succumbed to the No. 16 seed Olga Govortsova, Mason, Ohio-native Komal Safdar, who fell to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-1, and Nicole Gibbs, who lost 6-2, 7-6(8) to the No. 14 seed Anna Tatishvili.