Re: Madison Brengle Cheering Thread
More article that I found after she lost to Patty.
Brengle’s play pleases mom; Dover native makes strong showing at Australian Open
DOWNSTATE — Her 16-year-old daughter was playing the biggest tennis match of her young life halfway around the world.
But Gabby Brengle was on the court herself, giving lessons at the Dover Indoor Tennis Center.
She welcomed the distraction. It saved her from agonizing over every point in Madison’s first-round match in the Australian Open Tuesday night.
Not that it kept the elder Brengle from receiving continuous updates on the match from various people around the courts.
“I was getting them all over the place,” Gabby said with a laugh.
Eventually, Madison lost the match, falling to 28-year-old Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 6-3, 6-4. But Brengle put up a good fight, making Schnyder earn the victory in a matchup of the ninth-ranked player in the world against No. 497.
“We’re so proud of her,” said Gabby. “She did fantastically, I think.”
For Gabby, it was rather fitting that she followed her daughter’s match at Dover Indoor. After all, there were so many people in the Dover tennis community who were responsible for Madison getting her big chance in Australia.
While other teen prodigies come out of tennis academies in Florida, Brengle’s career has been homegrown.
Starting when she was 7, the youngster honed her skills by playing against adults in Dover.
“I think one of the neatest things was, last night I was at the indoor courts,” Gabby said the other day. “And out on those four courts, there were five men playing who had all played lots and lots of tennis with Madison.
“They all helped her. We’re not the traditional tennis setting — what most of these players kind of grow up with. She was more a product of Dover.
“They all followed her and were very excited about her. A lot of them had a real piece in what’s she doing now.”
It’s too soon to say what Brengle’s good showing in Australia will mean for her career. She earned a wild card spot in the Grand Slam event by winning an eight-player event.
When she qualified, the Brengles started receiving calls from prospective agents. For the moment, though, Madison plans to stay an amateur.
The youngster is still in Melbourne where she’ll compete in the Australian Open Junior Championships, which start today.
Despite the sizeable odds against her, chances are Madison will be disappointed she didn’t win her match on Tuesday, says her mother.
“She always feels like, this match, I have to try and win,” said Gabby, who is also her daughter’s coach. “I know that aspect that a lot of people feel like, ‘Oh, I’m not expected to win so I can really (play relaxed).’
“She’s not like that. She’s never reacted that way.”
Her mother could appreciate how big a moment it was, though.
It’s not every day a kid from Dover gets to play the world’s ninth-ranked player in one of the sport’s four biggest events.
“It’s pretty eye-opening,” said Gabby. “It was very exciting.
“What’s neat is that each step has been memorable. Every step along the way is, ‘This is your big moment right now.’ And that’s how she’s taken it.