Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?
Saturday the 29th is MLdB's 18th birtday, so she's running out of time for the "she's so young, she'll get better" line. There are at LEAST 3 players younger than de Brito ranked above her (the Croatian girl, Diyas from Kazakhstan, and Sloane Stephens, right?), and she's had dramatically more WTA level experience than her counterparts to no avail. Is she turning into Donald Young?
Yes, the development age has increased a little (more and more players getting better at 19-20-21 years old) but she's had two years of 15+ tournaments and hasn't had sustained success. Frankly, she's known more for her grunting than for her tennis, and I doubt many people realize how short she is (165cm, or shorter than Henin).
SO: Discuss. What are her career prospects as she approaches the big 1-8?