Madison Brengle (USA) vs.  Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
Head-to-Head: First meeting
A scintillating women’s singles final is on tap for the 2020 Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach presented by RBC Wealth Management, featuring two of the week’s most solid competitors. Consistency and patience won out this week as American Madison Brengle is set to take on Swiss Stefanie Voegele.
In Saturday’s Court 1 semifinal, Voegele weathered the highs and lows of American Taylor Townsend’s power game to reach the finish line 6-2, 6-3. The second set was not without drama, however, as Voegele had opportunities to essentially seal the deal before Townsend snuck back in.
“It was a very tricky situation in the second set,” recounted Voegele. “I was up 3-0, 40-0 and didn’t make it and then it became only about a few points. She’s a very good player and doesn’t give a lot of rhythm so it was important to be concentrated on myself.”
After the missed opportunity for Voegele, Townsend played inspired tennis to overcome a double break and even the match a 3-0, but the Swiss stayed true to her strategy and won the last three games to close out the match.
“I tried to play the right shots at the right moments,” she said. “To be aggressive but not all the time. Not going for too much, but still going for it.”
She will face Madison Brengle in tomorrow’s final and knows it will be a tough ask.
“She’s a really good mover and will get every ball. There will be a lot of rallies, so it’s important that I try to be aggressive and finish the points.”
Brengle seemed to be rolling along, up 6-4, 5-3 and serving against Nadia Podoroska, but an absolute grind of a game saw seven Brengle match points fall by the wayside to see the Argentinian break. Podoroska then held and broke for 6-5, but a fantastic return game calmed Brengle’s nerves for the tiebreak, which she won to close out the match 6-4, 7-6(5) on her eighth match point.
“She was playing well, it wasn’t like I went there and hit the balls into the fence,” Brengle said about the marathon service game. “She came up with some really tough shots. On one of my match points, she hit a perfect slice right up the line, so she came up with some great shots. Down 5-6, I think I played a really great game that reset me a little bit. And the tiebreaker was just a fight. We’d both been running a ton and I squeaked it out. I’m really happy to get through that.”
In Voegele, she expects a tough test from another WTA veteran.
“We’ve both been on tour for quite some time,” said Brengle. “I know she’s a good player who can do a lot with the ball. I’m definitely going to have to run… run… and run some more.
The women’s singles final will begin at 10am at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.