Key Biscayne, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Christina McHale was an easy winner, while Miami native Victoria Duval came up an opening-round loser Wednesday at the $5.4 million Sony Open tennis event.
The New Jersey native McHale mauled Chinese Zheng Jie 6-4, 6-2, while Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens handled the 18-year-old American wild card Duval 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on the hardcourts at Crandon Park.
Meanwhile, New York native Coco Vandeweghe, a qualifier this week, topped New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) on Day 2. The 22-year-old Vandeweghe is the niece of former NBA player and coach Kiki Vandeweghe.
In other action involving Americans, Vania King double-bageled Spanish qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0, 6-0 and Lauren Davis leveled Chinese Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3.
Wild card and former top-10 Russian Nadia Petrova held off Poland's Urszula Radwanska 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, while Croatian qualifier Donna Vekic took out ageless Japanese qualifier Kimiko Date-Krumm 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. The 43-year-old Date- Krumm was a Miami runner-up 19 years ago.
Also advancing were French qualifier Virginie Razzano, Belarusian qualifier Olga Govortsova, Austrian qualifier Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Swedish wild card Rebecca Peterson, Chinese Peng Shuai, and Argentine Paula Ormaechea. Govortsova will face last week's surprise Indian Wells champion Flavia Pennetta on Friday.
The winner of this lucrative event will collect $787,000.