WTA Nurnberg & Strasbourg: Winning start for McHale, Brengle and Collins


WTA Nurnberg & Strasbourg: Winning start for McHale, Brengle and Collins

WTA International Nurnberg: In the all-American first round battle, Madison Brengle defeated Varvara Lepchenko 6-1 6-3 in an hour and five minutes to book her place in the second round. World number 98 had the upper hand on the court, serving at 71% and dropping serve only once to keep the pressure on the other side of the net.

Lepchenko was far from those numbers, losing 56% of the points in her games and giving serve away five times from eight opportunities Brengle created. Facing each other on the Tour for the first time in seven years, Madison opened the match with a break in game two, saving a break point in the following game to cement her lead and move 4-1 in front.

Lepchenko couldn't do much either on serve or return, suffering another break in game six and allowing Brengle to clinch the opener on own serve after less than 25 minutes, winning 12 of the last 15 points. The second set was closer and Varvara pulled the break back in game six to level the score at 3-3, only to lose serve again in games seven and nine to hit the exit door. Sunday's results:


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The 7th seed Danielle Collins needed two hours and three minutes to dismiss Amandine Hesse 6-1 4-6 6-3, dominating in sets one and three for the place in the last 16. The American defended the second serve in the more efficient way but she still had to play against 12 break points, losing serve three times. On the other hand, she won almost half of the return points and six breaks of serve from 10 opportunities were enough to propel her into the next round despite a shaky end of the match. Danielle needed less than 30 minutes to wrap up an opening set, serving well and breaking Amandine in games four and six to claim five games in a row.

They both held with ease in the first six games of set number two before they traded breaks to stay locked up at 4-4. Hesse saved a break point in game nine and she scored a crucial break in game 10 to close the set and force a decider. Collins restored her shots just in time, opening a 4-1 advantage with a double break before Hesse pulled one break back in game six, reducing the deficit to 4-2. She had three more break points in game eight that could switch the course of the match dramatically but Danielle saved them all and she completed her triumph with a break of serve in game nine. 

First round results: 


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