US Open: Madison Keys crushes Timea Babos in first round
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Seventh seed Madison Keys began her US Open in style, blitzing Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 on Louis Armstrong Stadium. Needing just 55 minutes to record the victory, the 2017 finalist hit 19 winners and never faced a break point against the 101st-ranked Hungarian.

Keys breezes into second round with thumping victory

After an opening hold, Keys was handed the break and a 2-0 lead after Babos double-faulted on break point. A love hold quickly consolidated her advantage, which was now 3-0. The deficit could have been worse for the Hungarian, but she managed to hold after facing deuce.

The second break would soon come for the American. Holding a 15-40 lead on the Babos serve, she watched as the world number 101 saved both break opportunities, but given a third chance, she converted when Babos misfired on a forehand that went long.

Serving for the set at 5-1, Keys fell behind 15-30, but rebounded to bring up set point with a midcourt forehand winner and made no mistake with an ace to close out a dominant opening set that saw her win 14 out of 15 first serve points.

Keys hits a backhand during her first-round victory/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
Keys hits a backhand during her first-round victory/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Babos held to begin the second set, but that would prove to be the only game she would win as Keys broke soon after to go ahead 2-1. Another easy hold made it 3-1 and the 2017 finalist was in cruise control as she stretched her lead to 4-1 after the Hungarian punched a volley wide.

A love hold brought Keys to within one game of victory and she was at match point when Babos sent a backhand wide. Fittingly, it was an error, a forehand sent into the net by the Hungarian. that punctuated a first-class performance by the world number 14.

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