Brengle slops on sunscreen and slips into fourth round

Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:30am EST
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Madison Brengle could conceivably be the new face of advertising campaigns Down Under that urge people to 'slip, slop, slap' during the scorching summer months to help Australians and New Zealanders to lower the risk of skin cancers.

The 24-year-old American, who made the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time on Saturday with a surprise 6-3 6-2 victory over compatriot Coco Vandeweghe, was lucky to be in Australia at all.

She was only given the all clear to travel in early January after she had a tumour cut out of her knee in late October.

"It obviously was not a fun time hearing that," Brengle said of being told the spot on her knee that she discovered before last year's U.S. Open needed to be removed.

"But you deal with it. A lot of people have to go through so much worse.

"They found it really, really early. We took care of it (and) I have a nice scar on my leg to show for it."

Cancer organisations in Australia and New Zealand, which have some of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, encourage people to 'slip' on a shirt, 'slop' on sunscreen and 'slap' on a hat during the summer months.

Brengle said her own cancer scare should be a lesson to warn of the dangers of being out in the sun for extended periods, which is an occupational hazard for professional tennis players.

"I think it should probably be a little bit of a wake-up call to people to wear sunblock when you're out there," she added.   Continued...

Madison Brengle of the U.S. hits a return against Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. during their women's singles third round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha