Kvitova stunned by American at Wimbledon
July 5, 2017 at 9:15 p.m.
LONDON (AP) - Madison Brengle knew, of course, that her opponent, Petra Kvitova, was a two-time Wimbledon champion and a popular pick to win the title again this year.
Brengle also was aware, of course, that she herself never had won so much as one main-draw match at the All England Club until this week.
This, instead, is all the 27-year-old from Dover, Delaware, was focused on as she began playing Kvitova on Wednesday evening on Court No. 2: Please just let me win a game. The 95th-ranked Brengle did just that - and much, much more, stunning the 11th-seeded Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to reach the third round at Wimbledon.
The reason for Brengle's preoccupation with taking merely a single game? In her Wimbledon debut in 2015, she lost to Venus Williams 6-0, 6-0.
"So, like, that's always in my head when I'm out here," Brengle said, pointing a finger at her right temple. "It's like, 'Oh, my goodness, don't do that ever again!' That was really tough for me."
Turned out, she didn't need to stress about a shutout for too long: Brengle broke the strong-serving Kvitova to take the very first game.
"As long as I got on the board to start, then I could relax," Brengle said with a smile, "because, trust me, an 'O-and-O' stays with you."
Now she'll have this victory to cherish, along with another one from this year that also holds some significance: Brengle beat Serena Williams at a tuneup tournament at Auckland, New Zealand, back on Jan. 4. Williams went on to win the Australian Open later that month and hasn't played since - she is pregnant and taking at least the rest of this year off - so Brengle is, for the moment, the last woman to defeat the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
"That's my thing," Brengle said, holding up a fist and laughing. "I'm going to hold on to that one forever."
Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, had been favored by some British bookmakers to lift the trophy at fortnight's end, despite competing in only her third tournament of her comeback. She was attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December and needed surgery on her left hand, the one she uses to hold a racket.
Still without full strength in that hand - clenching it for a celebratory fist pump remains difficult - Kvitova returned at the French Open in May, losing in the second round there. But then she won a grass-court title at Birmingham in June.
"I feel just really empty right now. I know my body; it's not great. But mentally I'm really glad that it's over. I mean, it was kind of a fairy tale, but on the other hand, it was very tough," she said. "I just need to look forward and look to the future."
Kvitova said she felt ill Wednesday, and she was visited by a trainer in the third set.
The temperature soared toward 85 degrees (near 30 Celsius) after being in the low 70s (20s Celsius) the prior two days.
"When the match (got) longer and longer, I felt a little bit sick and tired. So I couldn't really move. I was so slow," she said. "I felt like, I don't know, like an animal. But a very slow animal."
Brengle took advantage by playing plenty of slices and changing speeds and angles. She was out-hit by a wide margin in the second set, but her steadier play in the third was enough. In the first and last sets combined, Kvitova made 45 unforced errors to 11 for Brengle.
Kvitova was one of a half-dozen seeded women to lose on Day 3, a group that also included No. 15 Elina Vesnina (beaten by new mom Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion), No. 17 Madison Keys, No. 18 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 22 Barbora Strycova and No. 25 Carla Suarez Navarro.
The action was much more straightforward in the men's draw, with straight-set victories by defending champion Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, who has won the last 26 Grand Slam sets he has played.
For Keys, the 6-4, 6-7 (10), 6-1 exit in the second round against 86th-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy was the American's earliest in five appearances at the All England Club.
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Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Spain, def. Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12), France, def. Simone Bolelli, Italy, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2.
Sam Querrey (24), United States, def. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Gilles Muller (16), Luxembourg, def. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3, 9-7.
Aljaz Bedene, Britain, def. Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Kei Nishikori (9), Japan, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 7-6 (6).
Fabio Fognini (28), Italy, def. Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2.
Karen Khachanov (30), Russia, def. Thiago Monteiro, Brazil, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.
Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, def. Daniil Medvedev, Russia, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3.
Marin Cilic (7), Croatia, def. Florian Mayer, Germany, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 7-5.
Steve Johnson (26), United States, def. Radu Albot, Moldova, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Kevin Anderson, South Africa, def. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Andy Murray (1), Britain, def. Dustin Brown, Germany, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, def. Lucas Pouille (14), France, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1.
Benoit Paire, France, def. Pierre-Hugues Herbert, France, 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-4.
Rafael Nadal (4), Spain, def. Donald Young, United States, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
Heather Watson, Britain, def. Anastasija Sevastova (18), Latvia, 6-0, 6-4.
Dominika Cibulkova (8), Slovakia, def. Jennifer Brady, United States, 6-4, 6-4.
Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, def. Elena Vesnina (15), Russia, 6-3, 6-3.
Ana Konjuh (27), Croatia, def. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3.
Maria Sakkari, Greece, def. Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4.
Johanna Konta (6), Britain, def. Donna Vekic, Croatia, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8.
Naomi Osaka, Japan, def. Barbora Strycova (22), Czech Republic, 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.
Venus Williams (10), United States, def. Wang Qiang, China, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Elina Svitolina (4), Ukraine, def. Francesca Schiavone, Italy, 6-3, 6-0.
Carina Witthoeft, Germany, def. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3.
Madison Brengle, United States, def. Petra Kvitova (11), Czech Republic, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
Caroline Garcia (21), France, def. Ana Bogdan, Romania, 6-4, 6-3.
Simona Halep (2), Romania, def. Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, 7-5, 6-3.
Camila Giorgi, Italy, def. Madison Keys (17), United States, 6-4, 6-7 (10), 6-1.
Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia (13), def. Francoise Abanda, Canada, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Peng Shuai, China, def. Carla Suarez Navarro (25), Spain, 6-2, 6-2.
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson, Australia, def. Jean-Julien Rojer, Netherlands, and Horia Tecau (9), Romania, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).
Fabrice Martin, France, and Daniel Nestor (13), Canada, def. Thomaz Bellucci and Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Marcin Matkowski, Poland, and Max Mirnyi, Belarus, def. Hsieh Cheng-peng, Taiwan, and Max Schnur, United States, 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (5).
Nicholas Monroe, United States, and Artem Sitak, New Zealand, def. Andre Sa, Brazil, and Dudi Sela, Israel, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Ryan Harrison, United States, and Michael Venus (10), New Zealand, def. Andre Begemann and Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 9-7.
Scott Clayton and Jonny O'Mara, Britain, def. Paolo Lorenzi, Italy, and Adrian Mannarino, France, 7-6 (5), 3-4 retired.
Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, Chile, and Andrei Vasilevski, Belarus, def. Scott Lipsky and Frances Tiafoe, United States, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.
Ivan Dodig, Croatia, and Marcel Granollers (6), Spain, def. Jonathan Erlich, Israel, and Treat Huey, Philippines, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (4), 6-4.
Julio Peralta, Chile, and Horacio Zeballos (15), Argentina, def. James Cerretani, United States, and Mikhail Elgin, Russia, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Purav Raja and Divij Sharan, India, def. Kyle Edmund, Britain, and Joao Sousa, Portugal, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith, Australia, def. Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez (11), Spain, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4.
Lukasz Kubot, Poland, and Marcelo Melo (4), Brazil, def. Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop, Netherlands, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3.
Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (12), Colombia, def. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (0).
Raven Klaasen, South Africa, and Rajeev Ram (7), United States, def. Marius Copil, Romania, and Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Julien Benneteau, France, and Vasek Pospisil, Canada, def. Nicolas Kicker and Diego Schwartzman, Argentina, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis, Britain, def. Jared Donaldson, United States, and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, India, 6-7 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-0, 6-3.
Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders, Australia, def. Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato (16), Japan, 6-1, 6-2.
Makoto Ninomiya, Japan, and Renata Voracova, Czech Republic, def. Julia Boserup and Christina McHale, United States, 6-1, 6-2.
Elise Mertens, Belgium, and Demi Schuurs, Netherlands, def. Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada, and Xu Yifan (10), China, 6-2, 6-2.
Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, and Sloane Stephens, United States, def. Duan Ying-Ying and Liang Chen, China, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Chan Hao-ching, Taiwan, and Monica Niculescu (9), Romania, def. Veronica Cepede Royg, Paraguay, and Raluca Olaru, Romania, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Andreja Klepac, Slovenia, and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (15), Spain, def. Anastasia and Arina Rodionova, Australia, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Lesley Kerkhove, Netherlands, and Lidziya Marozava, Belarus, def. Alla Kudryavtseva and Alexandra Panova, Russia, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Shuko Aoyama, Japan, and Yang Zhaoxuan, China, def. Evgeniya Rodina and Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Russia, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova (5), Czech Republic, def. Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend, United States, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
Lara Arruabarrena and Arantxa Parra Santonja, Spain, def. Paula Kania, Poland, and Nina Stojanovic, Serbia, 6-3, 7-5.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, and Kristina Mladenovic, France, def. Nicole Melichar, United States, and Anna Smith, Britain, 6-4, 6-3.
Oceane Dodin, France, and Tatjana Maria, Germany, def. Ashley Weinhold and Caitlin Whoriskey, United States, 6-3, 6-2.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, and Kveta Peschke (12), Czech Republic, def. Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland, and Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3.
Mona Barthel, Germany, and Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, def. Shelby Rogers, United States, and Donna Vekic, Croatia, 7-5, 6-1.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States, and Lucie Safarova (1), Czech Republic, def. Jennifer Brady and Alison Riske, United States, 7-5, 6-2.
Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, and Sania Mirza (13), India, def. Naomi Osaka, Japan, and Zhang Shuai, China, 6-4, 6-3.
Chan Yung-jan, Taiwan, and Martina Hingis (3), Switzerland, def. Alize Cornet, France, and Xenia Knoll, Switzerland, 6-0, 6-2.
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Play begins on Centre Court and No. 1 Court at 8 a.m. EDT;
all other courts at 6:30 a.m.
Gael Monfils (15), France, vs. Kyle Edmund, Britain
Karolina Pliskova (3), Czech Republic, vs. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia
Dusan Lajovic, Serbia, vs. Roger Federer (3), Switzerland
No. 1 Court
Adam Pavlase, Czech Republic, vs. Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia
Dominic Thiem (8), Austria, vs. Gilles Simon, France
Angelique Kerber (1), Germany, vs. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium
No. 2 Court
Grigor Dimitrov (13), Bulgaria, vs. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus
Agnieszka Radwanska (9), Poland, vs. Christina McHale, United States
Milos Raonic (6), Canada, vs. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, vs. Caroline Wozniacki (5), Denmark
No. 3 Court
Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia
Juan Martin del Potro (29), Argentina, vs. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia
Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, vs. Garbine Muguruza (14), Spain
Frances Tiafoe, United States, vs. Alexander Zverev (10), Germany
Dudi Sela, Israel, vs. John Isner (23), United States
Ryan Harrison, United States, vs. Tomas Berdych (11), Czech Republic
Kristina Kucova, Slovakia, vs. Timea Bacsinszky (19), Switzerland
Shelby Rogers, United States, vs. Lucie Safarova (32), Czech Republic