Fixture: Shelby Rogers vs Madison Brengle
Date: 4 September 2020
Tournament: US Open 2020
Round: Third round (Round of 32)
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York, USA
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Prize money: $39,024,000
Match timing: Not before 7 pm EDT, 4.30 am IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel / ESPN | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Shelby Rogers vs Madison Brengle preview
In a clash of compatriots, Shelby Rogers will take on Madison Brengle in the third round of the 2020 US Open.
For both players this is arguably the best shot at making the second week of their home Grand Slam for the first time. At 27 and 30 years of age respectively, Shelby Rogers and Madison Brengle aren’t exactly getting any younger, and will want to make the most of this opportunity.
Shelby Rogers has been playing some delightful tennis at Flushing Meadows, having knocked out Irina Khromacheva and 11th seed Elena Rybakina in emphatic fashion. Rogers was especially impressive against the big-serving Rybakina, whose game she nullified with her powerful groundstrokes.
Madison Brengle has been in impressive form as well. The older American is not as aggressive as Rogers but plays a very effective brand of tennis, which helped her get past both Aryna Rodionova and Dayana Yastremska in straight sets.
Brengle has tremendously accurate so far this week, committing a mere 19 unforced errors in both matches combined.
These performances by Brengle and Rogers are a great turnaround from their respective showings at the recently concluded Western & Southern Open. Both players failed to make it past the qualifying rounds at that event, which makes their run at the US Open all the more impressive.
Shelby Rogers vs Madison Brengle head-to-head
Madison Brengle leads Shelby Rogers by a margin of 2-1 in the head-to-head. Two of those matches took place in ITF events, and one was during the qualifying rounds of the 2014 Australian Open.
Their most recent encounter was in 2019 at Bonita Springs, which Rogers won by a score of 6-3, 7-5.
Shelby Rogers vs Madison Brengle prediction
The nature of this match-up is quite a basic one - attack vs defense. The match will pit Shelby Rogers’ attacking prowess against the extraordinary defensive ability of Madison Brengle.
Brengle may not usually hit too many winners, but she excels at getting the ball back in play. She uses her magnificent flexibility and court-positioning to keep the rallies going for very long, much to the annoyance of her opponents.
Brengle’s serve is decent but unlikely to trouble Rogers too much, and the same can be said of the 27-year-old too. Both Americans are good returners, especially off the backhand wing, but Rogers possesses a greater variety in her shots which can unsettle Brengle.
Shelby Rogers also has a superior forehand, and can unleash a string of winners off that wing. Brengle will face trouble in dealing with the depth-heavy groundstrokes of Rogers, and the latter's attacking prowess might just clinch this tie in her favor.
Prediction: Shelby Rogers to win in three sets.Published 03 Sep 2020, 20:14 IST