Madison Keys became the first American qualifier to advance to the main draw of the Western & Southern Open with an upset of the No. 8 seed Timea Babos of Hungary in straight sets.
Keys, who is the youngest American entrant into the main draw with the win, is currently ranked World No. 158. She needed just 59 minutes to advance over Babos, striking seven aces to none for her opponent and hitting 22 winners to six for the Hungarian. In the second set, Keys dominated the 2012 Monterrey titlist and World No. 66 by a score of 6-0.
Additionally, Keys won nearly double the amount of points over the course of the match with 61 to Babos’ 38.
In the first round, the Illinois-native, who advanced to the second round of the US Open last year, defeated the No. 24 seed Garbine Mugurza of Spain 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1.
Joining Keys into the main draw is Vania King, the defending doubles champion with Yaroslava Shvedova. The No. 3 seed King defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in three sets, taking over two hours to advance.
American wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands won her first and second round qualifying matches on Sunday to play in the main draw alongside compatriots Keys and King. In the first round, the 27-year old, who considers the Western & Southern Open her hometown event as a "Mid-West girl" from Minnesota, beat the No. 12 seed Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-3, 6-3. In the second round hours later, she secured a three set victory over Yung-Jan Chan.
Also taking one of 12 spots into the main draw is the top seed Shvedova, who won against Anna Tatishvili in straight sets. Urszula Radwanska, the younger sister of top seed Agnieszka, also advanced with a win against mixed doubles silver medalist Laura Robson, while Johanna Larsson beat American Alexa Glatch 6-2, 6-2.
In addition, Eleni Daniilidou of Greece defeated No. 23 seed Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine, Sesil Karatantcheva was a winner over the No. 16 seed Olga Govortsova 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, and Casey Dellacqua beat the No. 18 seed Melinda Czink.