MADISON BRENGLE CLAIMS SINGLES TITLE AT DOW TENNIS CLASSIC

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No. 3 seed and wild card Madison Brengle claimed the 2018 Dow Tennis Classic singles title for the first time in her career after defeating fellow American Jamie Loeb 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday.

In the first set, Brengle came out in full force, taking an early 3-0 lead. Loeb started to find the baseline, but Brengle continued to play big tennis and capitalize on two double faults from Loeb and take the opening set 6-1.

In the second set, Brengle continued her assault on Loeb by not giving any free points away and taking another early 3-0 lead. Loeb started to find her groove and broke Brengle late in the set, but Brengle was able to close out the match with a final score of 6-1, 6-2 in 54 minutes.

The two players had played on three previous occasions with the two Americans battling it out less than a year ago in the semifinals of a $60,000 event in Charlottesville, Va. Brengle now strengthens her head-to-head record against Loeb to 4-0 and todays win gives her the biggest title of her career.

In doubles, Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria defeated Jessica Pegula and Maria Sanchez, 7-5, 4-6, 10-8, in a thrilling three-set match. With the win, Christian and Santamaria claimed their third title as a team and biggest title of their careers.

Todays set of championship matches was the first time in the tournaments 30 year history that both the singles and doubles finals consisted of all-American teams.

Next up on the USTA Pro Circuit the women head to Surprise, Arizona for the Surprise Tennis Classic as the $25,000 event starts on February 11. Dow Tennis Classic competitors heading to the Grand Canyon State include Julia Boserup and Jacqueline Cako.

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