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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?
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

A shorter, worse version of Azarenka who suffers from the exact same problems.

What are we talking here? Long term or 2011?
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

No, she just lost back to back first and second rounds in $25,000 events

I dont get what went wrong though She almost beat Serena and Kuznetsova as a 15 year old, reached Roland Garros 3R as a 16 year old and had beaten Pennetta, Dulko, Aga Radwasnka, Zheng + others...

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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

she still has time to make an impact...just not sure if she has the physical assests.

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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

Is she still with Mouratoglou? Then no time soon.
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

Everything is possible, and whatever we personally thinking about Nick Bollettieri (including all that self-promotional stuffs), he is still worlds biggest authority when we talking about very young ages prospects - and MLDB is his big pick.

But to be very honest, for me personally young prospects with obvious physical advantages and working spirit is always better bets than so called "more talented" kids, so from her class I will always more go with Robson or Mladenovic chances (Coco or Marino of little bit older girls) than with de Brito. Also I don't like her on-court attitude from what I see so far, b/c if powerless player want really these days "fight the power", she must be really smart girl on court (if not like Hingis, at least like Caro or Aga), but she is more Psycho than smarty... or to be real small-package hard hitting phenom, but it seems that Justine Henin case is very unique and total exception. Two years ago MLDB seems so promising to everyone (real deal sure bet), but now it not looks even close so good. On "positive" note, she is "lucky" to belong probably less talented WTA generation (1991-1995) in last 30 years so when she turns 25 there will be TOP10 players which will probably today not be able to reach TOP20 BTW that is reason why I really wish her all the best in upcoming years b/c WTA needs so desperately new big names, especially from this 1991-95 generation sucks, and also good thing is that she is from country without tennis tradition. Fact that last year official WTA award for MOST IMPRESSIVE NEWCOMER goes to girl which reach TOP50 already in 2008 tell as how serious is this lack of talent problem.

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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

No. Peaked way way too early.
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

It sure looks like she's going the way of Puchkova....stuck on the USTA pro circuit, ranking slowly going down..some random QF/SF results that will get peoples hopes up.
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

Let's hope not.
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

Until they find a mute button, please no.
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

Another fail for the WTA; one it can hardly afford at this point.

For me, Michelle was a welcome change from the Euro pusher generation - smooth technique, a shotmaker, the ability to raise her level when it mattered most. And yes, while most people on this forum found her on-court antics to be completely insufferable, I think it's always important to have polarizing characters on the tour. People partly watch the WTA for its drama!!11!, and Michelle certainly created some buzz and headlines not too long ago. Plus the tour could really do without all that lame camaraderie between the likes of Failniacki and Ratwanska. I want catty post-match interviews Hingis and Serena style.

Currently, her confidence is undoubtedly at rock bottom, and I'm guessing her serve is still a huge joke so you have to wonder how tough Michelle really is and how hard she can work to try and salvage her career at this point. I always thought that she could have a Zheng like career but right now she'll be lucky to be a top 100 staple in a few years time.
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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

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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?
Tati was in the top 18 by age 17 before injuries had a chance to kill her career (and that was in 2005 with all of the top players still present). Unless Michelle is a late bloomer, she's looking like a consistent top 50 player.

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Re: Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

Same question could be asked of Tamira Paszek.

PS: Dav, your avatar and sig pics make me sad. I expected great things from both those players.

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Same question could be asked of Tamira Paszek.

PS: Dav, your avatar and sig pics make me sad. I expected great things from both those players.
Me too, I really miss following her career especially.

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