Congratulations are in order for Madison Brengle, as the American has secured the first women’s wild card into the main draw of the 2020 BNP Paribas Open.
Similar to Marcos Giron’s clinching of the first overall wild berth of the 2019-2020 Oracle Challenger Series, Brengle was in a perfect position heading into the final event of this year’s Road to Indian Wells.
Although having only competed in one event prior to Indian Wells, January’s competition in Newport Beach, Brengle ripped through the loaded women’s field to capture the title and catapult herself atop the women’s leaderboard. The victory marked Brengle’s first career WTA title, and the first time an American woman has won an Oracle Challenger Series event since Danielle Collins did so at Newport Beach in 2018.
Furthermore, as the only American woman to lift the trophy at any event throughout this year’s Challenger Series thus far, Brengle secured a crucial 160-point boost that lifted her above her fellow countrywomen and into pole position.
While Brengle was unable to replicate her Southern California magic this week in the desert, falling Tuesday in a three-set thriller to Germany’s Yanina Wickmayer, she needed only a few American losses to unfold in order for her to clinch the much sought-after wild card.
“I’m beyond thrilled to receive a wild card into a tournament of this magnitude” said an elated Brengle upon hearing that she had officially clinched a berth.
“The opportunity that Oracle is affording American players like myself to earn prize money and the chance to play at the sport’s biggest events is incredible. I’m excited to see what I can do here next week.”
The World No. 77 is no stranger to the BNP Paribas Open, with recent history including being awarded a wild card through the tournament into last year’s main draw as well as qualifying in 2018. That being said, the 29-year-old Tour veteran will undoubtedly be searching for her finest performance in the desert to-date when she steps on court for the 2020 Premier Mandatory.
Don’t miss out on watching Madison Brengle compete in this year’s BNP Paribas Open, as the women’s main draw action gets underway on Wednesday, March 11th.