Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Overseas Success

Madison Brengle isn't the only up-and-coming American teen.

Vania King, who won her first WTA Tour title last fall in Bangkok, won her opening match in Pattaya City, Thailand this week.

King has already had a busy 2007. After qualifying at Gold Goast, she suffered two first-round losses (including a first-round loss to Ivanovic at the AO) before going 2-1 at the qualifying draw in Tokyo.

She got a direct entry into Pattaya City this week and swept aside Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-1 6-3 in the first round.

For King to continue her success she must keep playing a variety of tournaments. It is good that she still has to do some qualifying, it keeps her grounded and gives her good match experience. She has solid results last spring and summer that'll she'll have to follow up this year to keep inside the top 50 and - hopefully - move up.

As for Brengle, she sits #469 right now. She can continue to work on her minor-to-major shift slowly and hopefully enjoy the 2007 success that King had in '06.

For a continued success overseas, King will have to play points like this one from last year's Bangkok final against Tanasugarn:

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