Madison Brengle (born April 3, 1990) is a U.S. professional tennis player on the WTA Tour. Her biggest success occurred in early 2015, reaching her first WTA final in January, followed by a fourth round major appearance at the Australian Open. In May her singles ranking reached a career-best of No. 35 in the world. Her greatest victory so far was in 2017 over world #2 Serena Williams.
In August 2007 she was ranked 4th in the world in juniors. Brengle then toiled for years in the ITF Women's Circuit. Over the course of 24 consecutive majors between 2008 and 2014 she failed to make it out of the pre-tournament qualifier. The streak ended when she earned a wildcard for the 2014 US Open main draw, which she capitalized on for her first major match win. Her ranking soon rose into the world top 100 for the first time.
Brengle was born and raised in Dover, Delaware, and is Jewish. Her mother (Gaby née Gamberg) coaches her, her father is Dan Brengle, and her brother is David.
Brengle is what some coaches call a scrappy player, and her game is built around counter-punching and outlasting her opponents in long rallies while waiting for her opponent's error. When serving she uses an abbreviated service motion. Her forehand has a low follow-through. Sometimes on her backhand she will drive the ball flat, using a half-swing. Brengle moves quickly around the court, and is willing to battle to win her matches.
As a teenager Brengle participated in an experimental USTA training regimen.
In 2006, Brengle won the Easter Bowl doubles championships with Kristy Frilling, defeating Sanaz Marand and Ashley Weinhold in the final. In 2007, Brengle reached the 2007 Australian Open girls' singles final, before going down to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Brengle and Julia Cohen were the top seeds at the 2007 French Open girls' doubles competition, but the team lost in the first round.
Seeded seventh, Brengle lost in the final of the 2007 Wimbledon girls' singles competition to Urszula Radwańska, 2–6, 6–3, 6–0. Brengle and Chelsey Gullickson reached the Wimbledon girls' doubles semifinals before losing to top seeds and eventual champions Pavlyuchenkova and Radwańska. In August 2007 she was ranked 4th in the world in juniors.
2005 saw Brengle win her first ITF title, when, as a 15-year-old, she won a title in Baltimore. In the final, she defeated Beau Jones.
In 2007, Brengle received wildcard entries into two Grand Slam tournaments, losing in the first round both times. Accepted into the 2007 Australian Open women's draw, Brengle lost to ninth-seeded Patty Schnyder. She was allowed another wildcard into the 2007 U.S. Open, where she lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Brengle and Ashley Weinhold were doubles wildcards, but lost in the first round of the doubles competition to eventual quarterfinalists Stéphanie Foretz and Yaroslava Shvedova.
Brengle won her first WTA match of the 2007 season by defeating former top-20 player Flavia Pennetta, before losing to Elena Dementieva in the following round. In addition, the American reached the second round of the 2007 French Open qualifying draw.
On the ITF Circuit, Brengle reached three out of four singles finals in the first four months of the year. Brengle and Kristie Frilling won an ITF doubles title in Augusta, Georgia. In the final, the team defeated Angelina Gabueva and Alisa Kleybanova.
In 2008, Brengle received a wild card into the French Open after winning a wild card tournament, defeating Ahsha Rolle in the finals. The US Open and the French Open agreed to exchange wild cards in their respective tournaments.
In 2011, Brengle finally won her second ITF title at Hammond, LA. She also reached the final at another ITF event at Rancho Santa Fe, California. At College Park she defeated recent Wimbledon third rounder Melinda Czink to win her first WTA match since Quebec City in 2009.
In 2012, Brengle won her third ITF title at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She also won the doubles title with Paula Kania of Poland.
In 2013, Brengle won her fourth ITF title at Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Brengle had a strong start to her 2014 season, qualifying through to the main draw at the Moorilla Hobart International, but was narrowly defeated in the first round by top seed Samantha Stosur in a final-set tiebreak. The next week, she was in touching distance of a main draw berth at the Australian Open, but lost to Irina-Camelia Begu in the final qualifying round. In July, she won the $50,000 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, beating Nicole Gibbs in the final. Later in the year, she was awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open, where she recorded her first ever Grand Slam win over Julia Glushko of Israel.
She moved into the Top 100 for first time on September 29, 2014, after winning the $50,000 2014 Redrock Open in Las Vegas defeating Nicole Vaidišová, Kateryna Bondarenko and Michelle Larcher de Brito, all in straight sets.
At the 2015 Australian Open Brengle defeated the 13th-ranked Andrea Petkovic in the first round. Then she won in straight sets against both Irina Falconi and Coco Vandeweghe, eventually losing in the 4th round to Madison Keys, 2–6 4–6. This was her best performance in a Grand Slam tournament so far. In Stutgart, she defeated # 4 ranked Petra Kvitová in straight sets. In May her singles ranking reached a career-best of No. 35 in the world. She finished the 2015 season ranked #40 in the world. In 2016 in Dubai, she defeated # 8 ranked Petra Kvitová in three sets.
Brengle began the season with an upset win over compatriot and world No. 2 Serena Williams at the ASB Classic in Auckland, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4. She won the $60,000 Charlottesville, VA (CL) and the $60,000 Charleston, SC (CL). At Wimbledon, she beat # 12 ranked Petra Kvitova in the 2nd Round.
In 2016, Brengle was named to the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame. She was the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. That year she was also the first tennis player granted the Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters Association’s John J. Brady Delaware Athlete of the Year Award.
Wins over top 10 players
|1.||Petra Kvitová||No. 4||Stuttgart, Germany||Clay (i)||2nd Round||6–3, 7–6(7–2)|
|2.||Petra Kvitová||No. 8||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||2nd Round||0–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–3|
|3.||Serena Williams||No. 2||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||2nd Round||6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–4|
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner–up)
|Loss||0–1||Jan 2015||Hobart International, Australia||International||Hard||Heather Watson||3–6, 4–6|
Singles: 20 (13–7)
|Winner||1.||17 July 2005||Baltimore, United States||Hard||Beau Jones||6–4, 6–1|
|Runner–up||1.||11 June 2006||Hilton Head, United States||Hard||Julie Ditty||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner–up||2.||25 February 2007||Clearwater, United States||Hard||Stanislava Hrozenská||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner–up||3.||1 April 2007||Hammond, United States||Hard||Yuan Meng||2–6, 2–6|
|Runner–up||4.||27 June 2010||Boston, United States||Hard||Jamie Hampton||2–6, 1–6|
|Runner–up||5.||6 February 2011||Rancho Santa Fe, United States||Hard||Michelle Larcher de Brito||6–3, 4–6, 1–6|
|Winner||2.||6 March 2011||Hammond, United States||Hard||Stéphanie Foretz Gacon||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||11 March 2012||Fort Walton Beach, United States||Hard||Tereza Mrdeža||6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||17 February 2013||Rancho Santa Fe, United States||Hard||Nicole Gibbs||6–1, 6–4|
|Runner–up||6.||6 July 2013||Sacramento, United States||Hard||Mayo Hibi||5–7, 0–6|
|Winner||5.||11 August 2013||Landisville, United States||Hard||Olivia Rogowska||6–2, 6–0|
|Runner–up||7.||27 October 2013||Florence, United States||Hard||Anna Tatishvili||2–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Winner||6.||21 July 2014||Lexington, United States||Hard||Nicole Gibbs||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||7.||28 September 2014||Las Vegas, United States||Hard||Michelle Larcher de Brito||6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||8.||3 April 2016||Osprey, United States||Hard||Lara Arruabarrena||4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||9.||30 April 2017||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Caroline Dolehide||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||10.||7 May 2017||Charleston, United States||Clay||Danielle Collins||4–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||11.||4 February 2018||Midland, United States||Hard||Jamie Loeb||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||12.||12 August 2018||Landisville, United States||Hard||Kristie Ahn||6–4, 1–0 retired|
|Winner||13.||7 octubre 2018||Stockton, United States||Hard||Danielle Lao||7-5 7-6(10)|
Doubles: 10 (6–4)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||28 October 2007||Augusta, United States||Hard||Kristy Frilling|| Angelina Gabueva
|Winner||2.||11 May 2008||Indian Harbour Beach, United States||Clay||Kristy Frilling|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|2–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Runner–up||1.||9 August 2009||Vancouver, Canada||Hard||Lilia Osterloh|| Ahsha Rolle
|Runner–up||2.||18 April 2010||Osprey, United States||Clay||Asia Muhammad|| María Irigoyen
|Winner||3.||17 October 2010||Troy, United States||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Alina Jidkova
|Runner–up||3.||23 October 2011||Rock Hill, United States||Hard||Gabriela Paz|| Maria Abramović
|3–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Winner||4.||11 March 2012||Fort Walton Beach, United States||Hard||Paula Kania|| Elena Bovina
|Winner||5.||27 October 2013||Florence, United States||Hard||Anamika Bhargava|| Kristi Boxx
|Winner||6.||26 October 2014||Macon, United States||Hard||Alexa Glatch|| Anna Tatishvili
|Runner–up||4.||30 April 2017||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Danielle Collins|| Jovana Jakšić
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|