Christina McHale, Jamie Hampton, Madison Keys, Victoria Duval and Bethanie Mattek-Sands all made it to the second round at the Miami Open on Wednesday, to score a good day for Americans at a home tournament.
The 376th ranked 17 year old Victoria Duval, playing in just her second WTA main draw event of her young career, had a good win over the 66th ranked Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic. Wild carded into the tournament, she made the most of her time on court and battled like a seasoned professional to overcome her opponent in two very tight sets – the first a tie breaker which she won 6-4. The second set needed only one break for her to take it 6-4 to move into the second round where she will meet Jelena Jankovic.
Madison Keys is another wild card at this tournament and she played her countrywoman, the qualifier Allie Kiick. Keys fired six aces past her hapless opponent on her way to a double bagel win, 6-0 6-0 in double quick time – just forty six minutes on court. Her next opponent will be 2nd seed, Victoria Azarenka.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, now ranked at 131, had to qualify for the main draw and she took on the wild card from Puerto Rico, Monica Puig, ranked at 102. These two players had met twice before and each had won one match. On Wednesday Mattek-Sands got her second win against Puig, winning 6-4 7-5 in a closely fought match that lasted an hour and forty nine minutes. The American will next take on Maria Kirilenko in the second round.