Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2013) – Familiar could be the word of the day for American and No. 2 seeded singles player Madison Brengle on Wednesday on Day 2 of the Childhelp Desert Classic, a women’s $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event being played at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.
The 22-year-old from Dover, Del., beat friend and rival Viktoriya Tomova, a qualifier from Bulgaria, 7-6 (9), 7-5, in a tight match that had both players running from both ends of the baseline the entire match.
“I practice with (Tomova) all the time at home at Bollettieri’s so I’m so familiar with the way she plays,” Brengle said. “It was really just a running battle out there.”
Brengle mostly wanted to talk about her doubles play on Wednesday as she and partner Kristy Frilling put their USTA wild card to great use, beating Elizabeth Lumpkin and Lenka Wienerova, 6-0, 4-6, 10-2.
“My partner is so awesome,” Brengle said as Frilling walked past her in a post-match interview and gave her a high-five. “We’ve played all through the juniors and she’s just out here starting up again. So we were so glad to get the wild card.
“I missed some stupid balls and I think I started to get a little tired in the second set.”
Brengle is currently ranked No. 212 in the WTA world rankings. She has won three ITF singles and four ITF doubles titles in her career, and has achieved a ranking high on the WTA of No. 152 in 2011.
In 2006, Brengle and Frilling won the Easter Bowl doubles championship, beating Sanaz Marand and Ashley Weinhold in the final.
Also moving on to the second round with resounding straight-set victories were top-seeded Julie Coin of France and Irvine qualifier Mayo Hibi, who represents Japan.
Childhelp Merv Griffin Village provides a home for 80-100 children that have been severely abused or abandoned by their parents. Several of the participants in the event will be visiting the facility and conducting a tennis clinic for the children.
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