| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

It was a strong day for Americans on the first day of qualifying into the women’s singles main draw at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami. Bethanie Mattek-Sands battled past sixth seed Misaki Doi 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 37 minutes. The Arizona native, who celebrates her 28th birthday on Saturday, recently reached the Kuala Lumpur final, finishing runner-up to Karolina Pliskova. In deed, both Czech Pliskova sisters also advanced on Monday. Karolina defeated Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6(3), 6-1, while Kristyna finished strongly against Teliana Pereira 7-5, 6-0.

Mallory Burdette, who enjoyed a breakthrough performance in Indian Wells by qualifying into the main draw and reaching the third round (l. to Craybas), kept up her good form by beating Vesna Dolonc 7-6(4), 6-4. After rain caused delays to the schedule, Burdette did not finish her match until 12:40a.m.

Other wins for Americans came from Coco Vandeweghe, who beat Belinda Bencic 6-3, 7-6(5), Alexa Glatch, who defeated fellow American Melanie Oudin 6-4, 6-2, Allie Kiick, who ousted 10th seed Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 7-5, Vania King, who overcame Maria Joao Koehler 7-5, 6-3, and Lauren Davis, who rallied to beat Casey Dellacqua 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. However, Hungary’s Melinda Czink dismissed Julia Cohen 6-4, 6-1.

In an all-Spanish contest, Silvia Soler-Espinosa defeated Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-4, 7-6(6). The No. 70-ranked Soler-Espinosa, seeded No. 1 in qualifying, goes on to face Kazakhstan’s Sesil Karatantcheva, who battled past Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(3).

Second seed Stefanie Voegele also advanced, defeating Alexandra Cadantu 6-3, 6-3. For a place in the main draw, the Swiss will meet Galina Voskoboeva of Kazahstan, who cruised past Eleni Daniilidou 6-1, 6-2.

Israel’s Shahar Peer, who reached the semifinals in 2007, reached the final round of qualifying with a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over fourth seed Olga Puchkova. She will face Germany’s Tatjana Malek, who dismissed Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-0, 6-2.