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spiceboy
Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:13 AM
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MICHELLE LARCHER DE BRITO

Portuguese teenager serves notice

Michelle Larcher de Brito, 14, beat 43rd-ranked Meghann Shaughnessy 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in the first round in her WTA debut.

BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN


Michelle Larcher de Brito's favorite movie is When a Stranger Calls.

''It's a scary movie,'' said Larcher de Brito, who turned 14 in late January.
During Wednesday's first-round tennis matches at the Sony Ericsson Open, Larcher de Brito's WTA Tour debut could have shared that same title. Nobody, including the WTA, knew much about this emotive Portuguese teenager, who indeed was scary in her first victory as a pro.

Larcher de Brito, the Sony Ericsson's youngest player, grunted, groaned and fist-pumped her way to an impressive 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) victory against 43rd-ranked Meghann Shaughnessy of Scottsdale, Ariz. Larcher de Brito became the second-youngest woman to win a match in the Key Biscayne tournament.

The youngest: Jennifer Capriati, who was less than a week short of her 14th birthday when she defeated Patty Fendick in 1990 after Fendick retired in the first set with a knee injury.

Shaughnessy, who is 5-11, didn't seem to appreciate Larcher de Brtio, a wild-card entry, continually pumping her fist as she eyed Shaughnessy and yelled, ''Come on!'' several times.

When she won her sixth game in the final set that pushed the match to the tiebreaker, Larcher de Brito switched to Portuguese, screaming ''Vamos, agora! [Let's go, it's now!]'' She cruised to win the first six points in the tiebreaker, lost the next three, and then dropped to her knees in astonishment -- hands covering her face -- when Shaughnessy, 27, hit the final shot wide.

OVERCOME

''I didn't know what to think at the moment,'' said Larcher de Brito, who speaks English, is managed by IMG and has been training in Bradenton under Nick Bollettieri since she was 9.

``This is a really big tournament, and winning the first round I was just so happy. I mean, I couldn't believe it.''

Assured of at least $9,600 by reaching the next round Friday against 18th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova, the winner of last week's Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., Larcher de Brito became the first female from Portugal to defeat a player in the top 50. And she's not even ranked yet. She needs one more pro tournament (she lost in an International Tennis Federation pro event last month in Midland, Mich.) to earn a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking.

''I was definitely nervous [Wednesday],'' said Larcher de Brito, who is most secure with her groundstrokes and movement, and least secure with her serve.

``I was just really excited . . . really pumped through the match . . . It's not easy because she's a lot stronger and taller and more experienced than me.''

Some things you likely don't know about Larcher de Brito:

She has 18-year-old twin brothers who also train with Bollettieri.
Her father, Antonio, 39, a former public relations and marketing representative, is one of 11 children, two of whom have gotten their respective companies to financially support Larcher de Brito's family (including mother Caroline) in Bradenton.
She is ranked 64th by the ITF, the youngest player among the top 100 juniors.
Her favorite television show is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air because, ``It has Will Smith in it.''
Her favorite music is hip-hop and rap, ``and my favorite artist right now is Justin Timberlake.''
Her good-luck charm is a religious necklace her grandmother gave her when she was baptized -- ``I play with it every single match.''
Her favorite female tennis player is Martina Hingis.

LOW PROFILE

Larcher de Brito's parents are with her in Key Biscayne, but IMG agent Ben Crandell said they would rather stay in the background and not do interviews. Only eight Portuguese women on the WTA Tour are ranked, with the highest being No. 261 Frederica Piedade.

Because of the age difference, Larcher de Brito said she mostly stays out of the way of her competitors.

''I just sort of do my thing,'' she said. ``I just go on the court and play . . . I don't really talk to them.''

Her goal this week?

''Just go out there and play my best,'' she said. ``Just have fun with it.''

So far, so good.

jochem
Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:11 AM
Against Hantuchova!!!! Can Michelle pull of a Melanie Gloria against Daniela :haha:

Frode
Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:19 AM
I just can't like anybody that has Timberlake as their favorite artist;)

TFan1156
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:36 AM
[Shaughnessy, who is 5-11, didn't seem to appreciate Larcher de Brtio, a wild-card entry, continually pumping her fist as she eyed Shaughnessy and yelled, ''Come on!'' several times.

When she won her sixth game in the final set that pushed the match to the tiebreaker, Larcher de Brito switched to Portuguese, screaming ''Vamos, agora! [Let's go, it's now!]'' .

You got to love it...:lol: Go Michelle!

matthias
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:39 AM
Her favorite female tennis player is Martina Hingis. :help:

tobi
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:40 AM
Congrats to her.Big win :eek:

frenchie
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:40 AM
another noisy bitch coming from Bolletieri!!

timafi
Mar 22nd, 2007, 01:12 PM
Shaughnessy, who is 5-11, didn't seem to appreciate Larcher de Brtio, a wild-card entry, continually pumping her fist as she eyed Shaughnessy and yelled, ''Come on!'' several times.

When she won her sixth game in the final set that pushed the match to the tiebreaker, Larcher de Brito switched to Portuguese, screaming ''Vamos, agora! [Let's go, it's now!]''

shows she's got fire and is enjoying it and that she's a kid:lol: :lol:
Meghann:help: :eek:

Monica_Rules
Mar 22nd, 2007, 01:15 PM
So what if she says come on after winning a point, this was the biggets match of her career so far.

RND
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:30 PM
I may not be so pleased with the way she pumped herself.But she really is a talent,only 14 and 2 months.Just wanna say good luck to her in her future career. ;)
Uh...on the other side,what a bad loss for Meghann. :help:

Langers
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:39 PM
Shaughnessy, who is 5-11, didn't seem to appreciate Larcher de Brtio, a wild-card entry, continually pumping her fist as she eyed Shaughnessy and yelled, ''Come on!'' several times.

When she won her sixth game in the final set that pushed the match to the tiebreaker, Larcher de Brito switched to Portuguese, screaming ''Vamos, agora! [Let's go, it's now!]''

shows she's got fire and is enjoying it and that she's a kid:lol: :lol:
Meghann:help: :eek:
A mini Lleyton. :awww: :rocker2:

Mrs. Peel
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:43 PM
Meghann needs to be concerned with her crappy ass play these past few weeks instead of some 14 y.o pumping her fist after winning a point. :tape:


The girl sounds cute. I am sure it will be a while before I can see her play.

MisterMan
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:08 PM
This chick better chill out with the mouth, what does she think she is, Sesil Part II ?

Langers
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:20 PM
This chick better chill out with the mouth, what does she think she is, Sesil Part II ?
Umm what exactly has she done wrong?

cellophane
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:24 PM
Likely don't know? How about I didn't know anything about her before this article. ;)

King Aaron
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:33 PM
another noisy bitch coming from Bolletieri!!
:lol:

MatchpointPRT
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:35 PM
Shaughnessy, who is 5-11, didn't seem to appreciate Larcher de Brtio, a wild-card entry, continually pumping her fist as she eyed Shaughnessy and yelled, ''Come on!'' several times.

When she won her sixth game in the final set that pushed the match to the tiebreaker, Larcher de Brito switched to Portuguese, screaming ''Vamos, agora! [Let's go, it's now!]'' She cruised to win the first six points in the tiebreaker, lost the next three, and then dropped to her knees in astonishment -- hands covering her face -- when Shaughnessy, 27, hit the final shot wide.

Nice to know that she said "vamos, agora"

Her favorite female tennis player is Martina Hingis.


This couldnt be better. Shes Portuguese and her favourite player is Martina Hingis. How could i dont like Michelle? :D

Just_lindsay
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:57 PM
"When a Stranger Calls" was a s--t movie! Still, good on her for winning the match... I'm sure Daniela can handle her, though.

cellophane
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:24 PM
Why do people get annoyed at 14-year-olds? :scratch:

rrfnpump
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:30 PM
another noisy bitch coming from Bolletieri!!

yep, exactly what I was thinking :help:

Pureracket
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:55 PM
Let's see how the WTA ruins her career with that age restriction Bullshit.

-sugi-
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:05 PM
A nice article :) She seems a nice girl :awww:

pigam
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:08 PM
the only thing that irked me a bit is that "she satys away from her competitiors and she does her own thing"... I dunno, at 14 years old. sounds a bit "over the top", but all the best to her in her future (and present) carreer.
she does sound like a new "marketing product", however.

tennisjunky
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:14 PM
never heard of her before miami, so glad to get the info. feel like the new players are making more noise and its fun. rooting for her to pull an upset and make a name for herself.

MisterMan
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:34 PM
Why do people get annoyed at 14-year-olds? :scratch:

Have you ever been around one ? They're the devil. Pure evil.:devil:

MisterMan
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:35 PM
Umm what exactly has she done wrong?

She does the same thing Lleyton Hewitt does, and he gets crucified for it.
He earned his diva status, she hasn't yet.

selesbooz
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:38 PM
For some reason she doesn't look 14 to me. :tape: More like 16 also 17. I have seen too many pictures of her but what ever.

TFan1156
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:43 PM
She does the same thing Lleyton Hewitt does, and he gets crucified for it.
He earned his diva status, she hasn't yet.

I think what Michelle actually did was invite Meghann to bring her best tennis, "bring it on"... She has every right to do this, is not only good for the players but the spectators as well...:lol:

Mileen
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:50 PM
Welcome Michelle! I really hope she is a new phenom. :bounce:

LindsayRulz
Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:27 PM
another noisy bitch coming from Bolletieri!!


:lol:

V-MAC
Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:57 PM
God I am sick of hearing about this girl already :lol:

DutchieGirl
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:49 PM
the only thing that irked me a bit is that "she satys away from her competitiors and she does her own thing"... I dunno, at 14 years old. sounds a bit "over the top", but all the best to her in her future (and present) carreer.
she does sound like a new "marketing product", however.

Why? She only just turned 14 - and I think she meant it because most players are a fair bit older than her at tournemanets like this.

:) Michelle