By McCarton Ackerman
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., February 17, 2013 – The third edition of the Fresh Start Women’s Open at the Morgan Run Club concluded on Sunday with the singles final taking place in front of a packed house. No. 6 seed Madison Brengle completed a dream week by winning the title without losing a set, taking 14 of the last 16 points to defeat No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-4.
“I knew I had to play really well because she beat me in three sets the last time we played,” said Brengle. “She’s so consistent and I knew every point was going to be a grind, so I really had to stay focused out there.”
Brengle grabbed the first break of the match and raced out to a 2-0 lead in the opening set. Hitting every ball deep and down the middle of the court, the consistency of Brengle began to frustrate her higher ranked opponent, who hit numerous errors throughout in the early stages of the match.
In the second set, Gibbs began to take the ball earlier and step into the middle of the ...