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Madison Brengle

Madison Brengle

American tennis player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American tennis player
A.K.A. Бренгл, Мэдисон
Countries United States of America
Occupations Tennis player
Gender female
Birth 3 April 1990 (Dover)
Star sign Aries
Residence Dover
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 60 kg
The details

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.

Early life

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.

Playing style

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.

Junior career

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.

Professional career

Early years

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.

Brengle in 2008

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.

2015-16: Breakthrough

Brengle in 2015

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

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 4 Stuttgart, Germany Clay (i) 2nd Round 6–3, 7–6(7–2)
2. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard 2nd Round 0–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–3
3. United States 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)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2015 Hobart International, Australia International Hard United Kingdom Heather Watson 3–6, 4–6

ITF finals

Singles: 20 (13–7)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 17 July 2005 Baltimore, United States Hard United States Beau Jones 6–4, 6–1
Runner–up 1. 11 June 2006 Hilton Head, United States Hard United States Julie Ditty 3–6, 2–6
Runner–up 2. 25 February 2007 Clearwater, United States Hard Slovakia Stanislava Hrozenská 4–6, 3–6
Runner–up 3. 1 April 2007 Hammond, United States Hard China Yuan Meng 2–6, 2–6
Runner–up 4. 27 June 2010 Boston, United States Hard United States Jamie Hampton 2–6, 1–6
Runner–up 5. 6 February 2011 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard Portugal Michelle Larcher de Brito 6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 6 March 2011 Hammond, United States Hard France Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 11 March 2012 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard Croatia Tereza Mrdeža 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 4. 17 February 2013 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard United States Nicole Gibbs 6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 6. 6 July 2013 Sacramento, United States Hard Japan Mayo Hibi 5–7, 0–6
Winner 5. 11 August 2013 Landisville, United States Hard Australia Olivia Rogowska 6–2, 6–0
Runner–up 7. 27 October 2013 Florence, United States Hard Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili 2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 6. 21 July 2014 Lexington, United States Hard United States Nicole Gibbs 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 28 September 2014 Las Vegas, United States Hard Portugal Michelle Larcher de Brito 6–1, 6–4
Winner 8. 3 April 2016 Osprey, United States Hard Spain Lara Arruabarrena 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 9. 30 April 2017 Charlottesville, United States Clay United States Caroline Dolehide 6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 7 May 2017 Charleston, United States Clay United States Danielle Collins 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 11. 4 February 2018 Midland, United States Hard United States Jamie Loeb 6–1, 6–2
Winner 12. 12 August 2018 Landisville, United States Hard United States Kristie Ahn 6–4, 1–0 retired
Winner 13. 7 octubre 2018 Stockton, United States Hard United States Danielle Lao 7-5 7-6(10)

Doubles: 10 (6–4)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 28 October 2007 Augusta, United States Hard United States Kristy Frilling Russia Angelina Gabueva
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
6–3, 6–3
Winner 2. 11 May 2008 Indian Harbour Beach, United States Clay United States Kristy Frilling United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
2–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Runner–up 1. 9 August 2009 Vancouver, Canada Hard United States Lilia Osterloh United States Ahsha Rolle
United States Riza Zalameda
6–4, 6–3
Runner–up 2. 18 April 2010 Osprey, United States Clay United States Asia Muhammad Argentina María Irigoyen
Argentina Florencia Molinero
6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 3. 17 October 2010 Troy, United States Hard United States Asia Muhammad Russia Alina Jidkova
Germany Laura Siegemund
6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 3. 23 October 2011 Rock Hill, United States Hard Venezuela Gabriela Paz Croatia Maria Abramović
Brazil Roxane Vaisemberg
3–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 4. 11 March 2012 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard Poland Paula Kania Russia Elena Bovina
France Alizé Lim
6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 27 October 2013 Florence, United States Hard United States Anamika Bhargava United States Kristi Boxx
New Zealand Abigail Guthrie
7–5, 7–5
Winner 6. 26 October 2014 Macon, United States Hard United States Alexa Glatch United States Anna Tatishvili
United States Ashley Weinhold
6–0, 7–5
Runner–up 4. 30 April 2017 Charlottesville, United States Clay United States Danielle Collins Serbia Jovana Jakšić
Argentina Catalina Pella
4–6, 6–7(5–7)

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q3 4R 3R 1R 1R 5–6
French Open A A Q2 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–5
Wimbledon A A A A Q3 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q3 1R 1R 3R 2R 3–4
US Open Q1 Q2 1R Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q3 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 3–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–4 2–4 3–4 1–4 12–21
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