Madison Brengle rarely slows down.
Her recent months – make that years – have been loaded with boarding passes, rental cars, practice serves and backhands. So leading up to the Koser Jewelers $25,000 Tennis Challenge, it’s expected that she was in full-fledged tennis mode.
That wasn’t the case.
“Going into the tournament I didn’t really have any set goal of how I expected to do,” Brengle said. “I was at a wedding the week before in Germany, so I was in full on bridesmaid duty and wasn’t really thinking about the tournament.”
Considering how she played last week at Hempfield Rec, that statement is hard to believe.
Brengle cruised through the week in Lancaster, Pa., wrapping up the tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over No. 5-seeded Olivia Rogowska. She lost just 11 total games in five matches, but said the final scores didn’t mean the tournament was easy.
“All of the matches were tough, the scores didn’t reflect how hard the matches were,” she said. “It was especially tough playing Johanna Konta, because she’s my closest friend on tour, and that’s never fun to play each other.”
Currently training full-time at IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Brengle doesn’t get back to the Northeast as often as she’d like, but being close to her home state of Delaware felt right last week.
“I played a ton of tournaments in the Lancaster area when I was playing Middle States tournaments (as a junior), so it was nice to be back,” she said. “I’m always happy to be in the Northeast.”
With the win at Hempfield, Brengle captured her second 25k singles title of the year, and the fifth singles title of her career. Currently ranked 207 in the world, she’ll fly to New York this weekend to prepare for the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which begins Aug. 20.
There, she hopes to maintain the form she showed last week.
“I’ve been working with my coaches on my serve, and being able to play more aggressive when I need to,” she said. “It really was working pretty well the whole week in Landisville. Next for me is the US Open, so now I’m just training and getting ready for that.”
Photos from last week’s event in Landisville can be found by clicking here.