Dover native Brengle wins 2nd-round Aussie match over Larsson

MELBOURNE, Australia — For two sets and a couple hours of tennis, not much separated Madison Brengle and Johanna Larsson.

Finally, though, Brengle took control in the third set.

The 25-year-old from Dover dominated the final set to finally put away a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Larsson in the second round of the Australian Open late Wednesday night.

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One year after reaching the fourth round of the Grand Slam event, Brengle has now put herself back in the third round. She’ll face the winner of the second-round match between seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany and Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania.

Wednesday’s match figured to be tightly contested with Brengle ranked No. 49 in the world and Larsson ranked 50th. The two had only played once before, with Larsson winning a close match last fall.

But Brengle pulled away pretty much from the start of the third set. In one stretch she won eight straight points in taking a 2-0 lead.

Leading 3-1, Brengle then won the final three games to register the victory in a match that lasted two and a half hours.

It was a match where neither player was able to hold serve very often.

Brengle broke Larsson’s serve nine times while Larsson broke Brengle’s seven times. In the end, however, Brengle committed 32 unforced errors compared to 63 for Larsson.

Larsson’ frustration showed in the final set as she banged her racket on the court at one point.

Brengle, described on ESPN’s broadcast as the “fiesty competitor from Delaware,” worked quickly to finish off the match once she had the lead.

In a match that featured a number of long volleys, Brengle won some tough games in the first set.

In the fourth game, she fought off four game points to finally take a 3-1 advantage. With the set tied 5-5, Brengle again battled through four game points to win that game.

The first set alone lasted 58 minutes.

Larsson had the momentum at the end of the second set, though.

The 27-year-old won the fiinal two games to even the match, 1-1. Larrson won the final six points of the set

The third set, which took only 33 minutes, belonged to Brengle, however.

All told, Brengle won 104 points to Larsson’s 89. Neither player had an ace in the match.






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