"I feel good. I'm always a little bit nervous ahead of my first matches," Keys said. "It's always hard to get out there and get all the nerves out. I started a little slow but I was really happy to get the win."
The American will next face Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. Also, Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan saved a match point before defeating Garbine Muguruza of Spain 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1. At the Korea Open in Seoul, qualifier Timea Babos upset former champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in the first round.
Babos will next play third-seeded Karolina Muchova, who dropped a set before defeating Alison van Uytvanck 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. In other first round matches, qualifier Ana Bogdan beat sixth-seeded Polona Hercog 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, Anastasia Potapova came from a break down to beat wild-card entry Han Na-Lae 7-6 (4), 6-1, and qualifier Priscilla Hon defeated Hiroshima semifinalist Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-4.
At the Guangzhou International in China, top-seeded Elina Svitolina defeated Dalila Jakupvic 6-3, 6-3. Also, third-seeded Sofia Kenin recorded 6-4, 6-2 victory over Laura Siegemund and sixth-seeeded Saisai Zheng had to save a match point before beating doubles partner Yingying Duan 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-1.
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