Dover's Madison Brengle won a first-set tiebreaker, but ended up losing in three sets to France's Caroline Garcia in the opening round of the 2020 Australian Open.
Brengle jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening set, and served for the first set at 5-4, before being broken. She would win her next service game at love to set up the tiebreaker, which she went on to win 7-5.
Madison won the opening game of set 2, but gave up three straight games before getting back to 3-2, but again her French opponent would rack up three straight games and a 6-2 set.
Again Madison jumped out of a game with the first game of set three, but Garcia rolled off five straight games, and despite holding her serve one last time, Brengle couldn't get the break she needed and was closed out 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Brengle's defensive play was on display in the opening set, as she took advantage of 20 unforced errors by Garcia in the first set, but that would be her combined total in sets 2 and 3. Meanwhile, Brengle had just four passing shots combined in the last two sets.
It was an early ouster for Brengle, who made her longest Grand Slam run at the 2015 event in Melbourne. She reached the third set in 2016, and won her first round match in 2019. That was one of two Grand Slam matches she won last year, along with a first set win at Wimbledon.
It could be a costly loss for Brengle, as she entered the tournament ranked 95th in the world, and based on the world rankings system, the fact she exited a round this year will cost her some points.
Generally the top 104 players in the world get automatic bids into Grand Slam majors, otherwise she would have to go through a 3-round qualifying tournament just to make the main draw.
Brengle has been in the main draw of every Grand Slam since reaching the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open, and has 14 Grand Slam wins out of 40 matches.