In a hotly-contested, back-and-forth match featuring a slurry of momentum changes, American Madison Brengle captured her first WTA title at the 2020 Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach presented by RBC Wealth Management. The 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Swiss Stefanie Voegele marks the first time an American woman has won an Oracle Challenger Series event since Danielle Collins did so here in 2018.
The match started with Brengle dictating from the baseline, drawing errors from a clearly-nervous Voegele. She held her serve without facing a break point and capitalized on her opportunities on the Swiss’ serve to win the first set 6-1 in just 27 minutes.
“I felt like I was able to move the ball around,” said Brengle. “I tried to pick on what I could. When I had the chance to stay aggressive, I did. I missed a few at the start, but I feel like I was good at continuing to go for it.”
Voegele turned it on during the second set, however, tapping into the great tennis that saw her beat the No.3 seed Christina McHale and No.2 seed Taylor Townsend in the quarterfinals and semifinals. She stepped up and was more aggressive, hitting deep approach shots to set herself up at the net. After racing to a 4-1 lead, she managed to win the second set 6-3 in a tight service game. But the No.5 seeded Brengle was not worried.
“It was up and down. In the second set, she raised her level a lot,” said Brengle. “So going into the third, it helped me out because I didn’t feel like I played badly in the second. She just played extremely well – she hit some volleys that were world-class, too good. And she started serving really well. It didn’t deter me for the third because she played really well so I need to play better.”
A four-deuce service game by Brengle opened the third set, where she faced two break points but held her nerve. Throughout the entire final set, she ran down nearly every ball and made Voegele hit one more shot to try to close out points, which often turned into errors from the Swiss. Brengle broke in all four return games and ran away with the set 6-2.
This is Brengle’s first WTA title after previously reaching the Hobart final in 2015, and she was ecstatic after her win.
“It’s exciting! I’m really happy! I get a trophy now!”