The 2015 Australian Open: American Women Continue to Carry the Banner

Madison Brengle
Madison Brengle advanced to the fourth round for the first time in her career

While there are no American men left to compete for the Australian Open title, the American women are still going strong entering into the second week of the competition.  Of those listed last week, the following advanced to the fourth round, which was played Monday:

Madison Keys
Venus Williams
Serena Williams
Madison Brengle

The big story here is Madison Brengle.  She was not on our original list but she should have been. Check out her amazing story:

Two days before the 2014 US Open, Madison noticed a strange spot on her leg and went to the dermatologist to have it tested. A few weeks later, while at a tournament in Quebec City, she received the cancer diagnosis. She had the spot on the inside of her knee removed and spent many weeks recovering. But that wasn’t all.  There was another mass discovered in her jaw, but tests concluded it was benign and two weeks before she was schedule to leave for Australia, she received clearance from her doctor.

Madison has made the most of her time in Australia. First she qualified for the main draw at the Brisbane International and won a round. The next week, she qualified for the main draw at a tournament in Hobart and upset three higher-ranked players to reach the final, where she fell to Heather Watson.

Ranked a career-high No. 64, she had her best Grand Slam tournament by reaching the fourth round for the first time with her victory over fellow American Coco Vandeweghe.

Madison met another fellow American, Madison Keys, in the fourth round on Monday in what some were calling the Battle of the Madisons. Keys, five years her junior, prevailed in the semifinal match. But with all she has been through, she is just happy to be playing. “Every time I go out there, I kind of appreciate it a little bit more than I used to because you’re not aware of how lucky we are to be healthy until you have a scare like that,” she said. “I’m very appreciative to have my health.”