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Madison Brengle (born April 3, 1990) is an American tennis player.

Madison Brengle
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Country (sports) United States
Born (1990-04-03) April 3, 1990 (age 29)
Dover, Delaware, U.S.
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJulie Coin
Prize money$2,551,893
Career record450–341 (56.9%)
Career titles0 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 35 (May 4, 2015)
Current rankingNo. 87 (June 17, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2015)
French Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2017)
US Open3R (2015)
Career record111–162 (40.7%)
Career titles6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 86 (May 8, 2017)
Current rankingNo. 536 (April 22, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2016)
French Open2R (2015, 2017)
Wimbledon1R (2015)
US Open1R (2007, 2015)
Last updated on: April 26, 2019.

Her biggest success occurred in early 2015, reaching her first WTA Tour final in January, followed by a fourth round major appearance at the Australian Open.[1] 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 No. 2, Serena Williams.

In August 2007, she was ranked fourth 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 wild card 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.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Brengle was born and raised in Dover, Delaware, and is Jewish.[3][4][5] Her mother (Gaby née Gamberg) coaches her, her father is Dan Brengle, and her brother is David.[4][6][3]

Playing styleEdit

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 careerEdit

As a teenager Brengle participated in an experimental USTA training regimen.[7]

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.[8]

Professional careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

2005 saw Brengle win her first ITF title, when, as a 15-year-old, she won a tournament 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, she 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 wild card 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 event Redrock Open in Las Vegas defeating Nicole Vaidišová, Kateryna Bondarenko and Michelle Larcher de Brito, all in straight sets.

2015-16: BreakthroughEdit

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.[9] In May, her singles ranking reached a career-best of No. 35 in the world. She finished the 2015 season ranked No. 40.[3] In 2016 in Dubai, she defeated No. 8 ranked Petra Kvitová in three sets.[9]


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, 6-4.[9] Then, she won the $60,000 tournaments of Charlottesville and Charleston.[6] At Wimbledon, she beat No. 12 ranked Petra Kvitová in the second round.[9]


In 2016, Brengle was named to the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame.[10] She was the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.[11] 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.[12]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner–up)Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
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   Heather Watson 3–6, 4–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 21 (13–8)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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
Runner–up 8. 5 May 2018 Charleston, United States Clay   Taylor Townsend 0–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 12 August 2018 Landisville, United States Hard   Kristie Ahn 6–4, 1–0 ret.
Winner 13. 7 October 2018 Stockton, United States Hard   Danielle Lao 7-5, 7-6(12–10)

Doubles: 10 (6–4)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000/60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 28 October 2007 Augusta, United States Hard   Kristy Frilling   Angelina Gabueva
  Alisa Kleybanova
6–3, 6–3
Winner 2. 11 May 2008 Indian Harbour Beach, United States Clay   Kristy Frilling   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
2–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Runner–up 1. 9 August 2009 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Lilia Osterloh   Ahsha Rolle
  Riza Zalameda
6–4, 6–3
Runner–up 2. 18 April 2010 Osprey, United States Clay   Asia Muhammad   María Irigoyen
  Florencia Molinero
6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 3. 17 October 2010 Troy, United States Hard   Asia Muhammad   Alina Jidkova
  Laura Siegemund
6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 3. 23 October 2011 Rock Hill, United States Hard   Gabriela Paz   Maria Abramović
  Roxane Vaisemberg
3–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 4. 11 March 2012 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard   Paula Kania   Elena Bovina
  Alizé Lim
6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 27 October 2013 Florence, United States Hard   Anamika Bhargava   Kristi Boxx
  Abigail Guthrie
7–5, 7–5
Winner 6. 26 October 2014 Macon, United States Hard   Alexa Glatch   Anna Tatishvili
  Ashley Weinhold
6–0, 7–5
Runner–up 4. 30 April 2017 Charlottesville, United States Clay   Danielle Collins   Jovana Jakšić
  Catalina Pella
4–6, 6–7(5–7)

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q3 4R 3R 1R 1R 2R 6–7
French Open A A Q2 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–6
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 1–2 13–23
Year-end ranking 777 508 240 225 155 189 192 190 153 94 40 74 82 90

Wins over top-10 playersEdit

No. Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Brengle enjoying breakthrough on clay in Stuttgart". April 25, 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Madison Brengle is 46: a Saga in Three Acts (So Far)". 11 February 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c admin (16 July 2018). "Madison Brengle". WTA Tennis.
  4. ^ a b "Madison Brengle leads Jewish tennis players at Miami Open," Florida Jewish Journal.
  5. ^ "Brengle raises Jewish tennis presence," The Jerusalem Post.
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ "A 'Soviet' Plan to Save U.S. Tennis". The Wall Street Journal. May 19, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
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  9. ^ a b c d admin (16 July 2018). "Madison Brengle". WTA Tennis.
  10. ^ Fleming, Christy (14 November 2016). "Madison Brengle Joins Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame". Town Square Delaware.
  11. ^ TSD (21 November 2016). "Hall of Famer Madison Brengle on Her Journey to the Grand Slams". Town Square Delaware.
  12. ^ "Tennis player Brengle named state Athlete of the Year". delawareonline.

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