Two-time champ Kvitova stunned by U.S.’s Bren­gle

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Howard Fendrich

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.”

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