Brengle falls to Pliskova in second round at Australian Open

Madison Brengle

Madison Brengle took a set from one of the top-10 ranked female tennis players but it was not enough to keep her Australian Open run going.

Brengle, the Dover native, fell in three sets to No. 7 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the Australian Open. Set scores were 4-6, 6-1 and 6-0 as Pliskova rallied to win the last two.

Brengle was attempting to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the third time in her career.

She got off to a solid start when she broke Pliskova’s serve to go up 3-2 in the first set. But Brengle gave the break right back in the next game.

Brengle responded with another break of Pliskova’s serve for a 5-4 lead. This time she held her own serve to win the set 6-4.

It was all Pliskova after that, as she won the first game of the next set without surrendering a point. Brengle then had her first two serves of the set broken.

Pliskova won 24 of the 31 points in the final set to seal it.

“The first set was not very good from my side but she played some good points,” Pliskova said during her on-court post-match interview. “She was very solid. She was defending very well from the baseline so it was sometimes pretty tough to close my balls but I’m happy I did it in the end.”

Pliskova improved to 3-0 all-time against Brengle. This was the first time Brengle had taken a set off her in their three meetings.
Brengle’s record against top-10 opponents dropped to 3-13 all-time.


Caesar Rodney 56, Sussex Tech 20: Eight Riders recorded pins as they stayed unbeaten against Henlopen Conference Northern Division opposition.

Dawson Mitchell (106 pounds), Marlon Smith (113), Mike Primo (126), Jackson Dean (145), Gabriel Degraffinreed (152), Riley Tracy (160), Ryan Rigby (182) and Jacob Garrett (195) all won via pin. Patrick Wisniewski added a tech-fall at 132.

Caesar Rodney improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 against the Henlopen North.

Smyrna 59, Polytech 12: The Eagles won 11 of the 14 matches and had six pins in the Henlopen North victory.

J.T. Daivs (182), Masen Wilson (195), Andrew DeBenedictis-Bayne (285), Jaxson Al-Chokhachy (132), Easley Pierson (138) and Logan Kosky (152) had the pins for Smyrna. Joey Natarcola (120) won via tech-fall.

Boys’ basketball

Lake Forest 51, Hodgson 40: Kaheim Kimbrough-Roach scored 28 points to lift the Spartans to a nonconference win in a game contested on Tuesday night.

Jaysem Vazquez added nine points for Lake Forest. It was the third victory in a row for the Spartans who improved to 8-2 overall.

Delmar 58, Salisbury Christian, Md. 30: The Wildcats earned the win against an out of state opponent on Wednesday and moved to 7-3 on the season.

College basketball

WOMEN, Gwynedd Mercy 79, Wesley 57: Shelby Johnson recorded her sixth double-double of the season behind a team-high 17-point, 10-rebound effort in an Atlantic East Conference defeat for the Wolverines.

Johnson shot 7-of-16 from the field and added an assist, a block and a steal.

Monshea Newsome-Murray also scored double figures in the loss, netting 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Newsome-Murray also tallied six steals, five rebounds, four assists and a block. Stacey O’Neale knocked down three 3-pointers en route to notching nine points in the game.

Sydney Pedersen and Lekeshia Brown-Myrick each scored five points. SherVohnia Tolson and Katelyn Watson grabbed five rebounds apiece while Tolson added four points off the bench.

MEN, Gwynedd Mercy, 85, Wesley 59: The Wolverines were out-scored 46-25 in the second half of the AEC contest.

Brian Cameron paced Wesley with 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting.

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