From a spectator's perspective, what a thoroughly entertaining player to watch! Gutsy, firey particularly when she's frustrated, emotive, passionate, up/down emotionally, fights and runs down every point...its hard not to like her.
Like Bouchard, she's another baseliner as well with a solid ground game off both wings. Looking at her groundstrokes they weren't quite as flat as Bouchard’s and her balls tended to ‘stand up’ a little more off the bounce and without quite the same 'zip' through the court as the balls hit by Bouchard. Apart from a period during the 2nd set when Madison starting hitting more aggressively (which yielded results for her), Bouchard just had the edge of the battle of the groundies today – her groundstrokes had a fraction more zip, and she used the width of the court slightly better than Brengle. I was impressed though by Brengle's fitness in running everything down and driving returns in the battle of the baseline.
One area where I think Brengle can improve is how she manages her emotions in relation to momementum swings during the match. In a tight match her adrenaline seems to get going, her frustrations and emotions tend to boil over, with her questoning line calls (at times with some justification), opening her palms up the sky to show her obvious frustration with calls. From a spectator's perspective, its thoroughly entertaining to watch (don't we just love players who leave their emotions out there?) but I think its counter productive for Brengle, it throws her focus and ultimately costs her points at key stages of the match.
A good example was towards the end of the 2nd set. Brengle was hitting more aggressively, probably more than she's used to, she had the bit between her teeth, was charged up, was in the ascendancy and Bouchard look flustered. You could feel how pumped up she was emotionally, even from the side of the court with her yelling 'Come On!' when she took the 2nd set. That would have been the perfect time to get straight into a 3rd set but Brengle decided to take a toilet break. If you have to go, have to go but I think it worked against her. Bouchard used to the time to compose herself and get herself straight again mentally. We also know that when you've been on an emotional high and just taken a set, you can be vulnerable if serving in the first game of the next set as you've already had a 'release' of emotions when winning that set and you can slightly deflated and less focused when serving in the first game of the next set. When Brengle came back from the toilet break I was thinking 'You've got to hold this service game, you've got to.' Brengle to serve in the 1st game of the 3rd set but she played a really flakey, unfocused service game, she looked tight, anxious, though to be fair to her, it didn't help that the wind pick up behind her when she was serving. So instead of holding her serve and getting her nose in front (and thus putting pressure on Bouchard), she lost her service gmae to her, Bouchard held hers, to go 2-0 in the final set. That puts Brengle under pressure and in a more difficult catch up position, which isn't a good position to be in the 3rd set.
The 3rd set continued to serve with 2-1, 3-1, 3-2 etc, with Brengle having to break Bouchard's serve to level up, but its hard playing catch up. Brengle looked distracted on Bouchard's service game, fiddling with her racquet, looking over at adjacent courts, complaining to the umpire etc. I've nothing against players 'letting it out' emotionally, but I really do think that once she's done that she's got let it go and FOCUS on the next point. Obviously, it would have been beyond me to shout 'Focus! Get your mind clear. Focus on the next point!' but I think that's what she needed to do. The other thing which I think worked against her in this 3rd set was that she was rushing in between points when serving. She was obviously high on adrenaline, pumped up, but I've never seen anyone serve so quickly! Take your time Madison, breath deep, get the tension out, clear your mind, RELAX, GET YOURSELF MENTALLY READ, THEN AND ONLY THEN serve.
Bouchard started getting a bit tight during her own service game and Brengle levelled it up at 5-5...before losing her own service to go 5-6 down. Bouchard played a nail biter of a service game on her own serve, managing to defend 3 break points before taking the set 7-5.
Thoroughly entertaining match, great to watch and credit to both players, particulary Brengle for putting in a gutsy performance.