Two-time champ Kvitova stunned by U.S.’s Brengle
LONDON» Madison Brengle knew, of course, that her opponent, Petra Kvitova, was a twotime Wimbledon champion and a popular pick to win the title again this year.
Brengle also was aware, of course, that she herself never had won so much as one main-draw match at the All England Club until this week.
This, instead, is all the 27-yearold from Dover, Delaware, was focused on as she began playing Kvitova on Wednesday evening on Court No. 2: “Please just let me win a game. “
The 95th-ranked Brengle did just that — and much, much more, stunning the 11th-seeded Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to reach the third round at Wimbledon.
The reason for Brengle’s preoccupation with taking merely a single game? In her Wimbledon debut in 2015, she lost to Venus Williams 6-0, 6-0.
“So, like, that’s always in my head when I’m out here,” Brengle said, pointing a finger at her right temple. “It’s like, ‘Oh, my goodness, don’t do that ever again!’ That was really tough for me.”
Turned out, she didn’t need to stress about a shutout for too long: Brengle broke the strongserving Kvitova to take the very first game.
“As long as I got on the board to start, then I could relax,” Brengle said with a smile, “because, trust me, an ‘O-and-O’ stays with you.”
Now she’ll have this victory to cherish, along with another one from this year that also holds some significance: Brengle beat Serena Williams at a tuneup tournament at Auckland, New Zealand, back on Jan. 4. Williams went on to win the Australian Open later that month and hasn’t played since — she is pregnant and taking the rest of this year off — so Brengle is, for the moment, the last woman to defeat the 23time Grand Slam champion.
“That’s my thing,” Brengle said, holding up a fist and laughing. “I’m going to hold on to that one forever.”