Since Madison Brengle returned from Australia, where she reached the finals of the Junior Championships, she's had two excellent showings on the USTA Pro Circuit. She qualified at the $50K tournament in St. Paul Minnesota last week, losing a total of eight games in three qualifying matches, and went on to reach the quarterfinals of the main draw. Kevin McClure and I discuss her impressive run briefly on the current edition of the Inside Junior Tennis podcast, although the majority of the show is devoted to the Men's Team Indoor. (We continue to struggle with technical issues, but we're trying different methods to improve the ease and quality of the sound recordings.)
This week Brengle has reached the finals of the $25K Pro Circuit event in Clearwater, Fla., again via qualifying (somebody give this girl a wild card!), meaning that she has won 11 of 12 matches this month on the women's pro circuit. On Sunday, the 16-year-old from Delaware will face another qualifier, 24-year-old Stanislava Hrozenska of the Slovak Republic, for her second career title. In 2005, Brengle won a $10K tournament in Maryland (also as a qualifier), and last summer she reached the finals of a $10K in Hilton Head.
Saturday, February 24, 2007