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Morisicki
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:15 AM
I have to go with Michelle. Its so hard not to like her...so she might act like a brat sometimes but she has a Sharapova quality to her and I think she'll be a Grand Slam Champ within 6 years. Both of these girls are really young and ballbashers, and Robson is also a good player so it'll be interesting to see if these girls will ever have a Serena-Justine rivalry...but to me, Michelle's groundstrokes and fighting spirit make her the better player

NyCPsU
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:17 AM
I have to go with Michelle. Its so hard not to like her...so she might act like a brat sometimes but she has a Sharapova quality to her and I think she'll be a Grand Slam Champ within 6 years. Both of these girls are really young and ballbashers, and Robson is also a good player so it'll be interesting to see if these girls will ever have a Serena-Justine rivalry...but to me, Michelle's groundstrokes and fighting spirit make her the better player

:haha:

Love you.

DefyingGravity
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:18 AM
Laura is the MUCH more complete player IMO. Michelle hasn't done anything since Roland Garros, and honestly if she doesn't get a better serve, I don't see her winning much of anything in the way of slams.

Svetlana)))
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:23 AM
I have to go with Michelle. Its so hard not to like her...so she might act like a brat sometimes but she has a Sharapova quality to her and I think she'll be a Grand Slam Champ within 6 years. Both of these girls are really young and ballbashers, and Robson is also a good player so it'll be interesting to see if these girls will ever have a Serena-Justine rivalry...but to me, Michelle's groundstrokes and fighting spirit make her the better player

I hope that's sarcasm. I think Laura's got a big game and i watched MLDB in person at Wimbledon. Her return is fantastic for a budding player.

Michael.
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:25 AM
Michelle Larcher de Brito. She's Amazing.

Morisicki
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:32 AM
I hope that's sarcasm. I think Laura's got a big game and i watched MLDB in person at Wimbledon. Her return is fantastic for a budding player.

That was not sarcasm! :( and what is a budding player?

Caralenko
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:36 AM
You think Laura is a ballbasher? :lol:

Sexysova
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:49 AM
Laura

Josh.
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:52 AM
Laura hands down.

Huntress55
Feb 12th, 2010, 06:00 AM
Laura for sure :)

Pops Maellard
Feb 12th, 2010, 06:06 AM
Laura's done nothing so far. Michelle at least has had a good slam tournament. So far it's Michelle. :shrug:

Myggen
Feb 12th, 2010, 07:20 AM
How can this even be a thread? First of all, Laura is not a ballbasher. She has a much better serve, much more variation and maybe most importantly, a functioning brain. When these girls get a little older, be prepared to see Laura toying with Michelle making her one dimensional game look really transparent. Future slam prediction: Laura: 8, Michelle 1, if I'm being really nice.

Cookie Power
Feb 12th, 2010, 07:46 AM
They are both terrible and will never amount to anything.

Based on results Michelle is better.

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 12th, 2010, 08:33 AM
Laura's done nothing so far. Michelle at least has had a good slam tournament. So far it's Michelle. :shrug:

One thing Michelle has done, which Laura definately has not, is lose her last nine matches winning only one set in the process. Michele had much more WTA success at a very young age than did Laura but success at a young age on the WTA tour very often does not translate into a successful long career. I think Laura has by far the brighter future.

Viktymise
Feb 12th, 2010, 08:40 AM
One thing Michelle has done, which Laura definately has not, is lose her last nine matches winning only one set in the process. Michele had much more WTA success at a very young age than did Laura but success at a young age on the WTA tour very often does not translate into a successful long career. I think Laura has by far the brighter future.

Well, Robson has yet to win a WTA MD match so I suppose that's something that Laura has done and Michelle hasn't. :D

Kylger
Feb 12th, 2010, 10:16 AM
have to go with Robson on this, just because I can't stand Larcher de Brito. LOL

Svetame
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:03 AM
Well....that depends on your definition of a good teenager! With regards to tennis however, I'll say Michelle.

Mistress of Evil
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:08 AM
De Britto has had some decent GS results while Laura has never reached 2nd round. Hope she will soon change that.

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:10 AM
Where's the "they are both equally mediocre" option?:wavey:

Привет
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:14 AM
Laura's done nothing so far. Michelle at least has had a good slam tournament. So far it's Michelle. :shrug:
Have to agree.
One thing Michelle has done, which Laura definately has not, is lose her last nine matches winning only one set in the process. Michele had much more WTA success at a very young age than did Laura but success at a young age on the WTA tour very often does not translate into a successful long career. I think Laura has by far the brighter future.
So Robson is the better player because she has a brighter future? :scratch: I like Robson more, but she has done diddly squat on the WTA at this stage. Larcher de Brito wins this if we're going on who is the better player (at this stage). Prospects/prediction/expectations are trumped by facts and results, so Larcher de Brito wins.

Abel.CHN
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:15 AM
One thing Michelle has done, which Laura definately has not, is lose her last nine matches winning only one set in the process. Michele had much more WTA success at a very young age than did Laura but success at a young age on the WTA tour very often does not translate into a successful long career. I think Laura has by far the brighter future.
I'm not sure what's the basis for your estimation of her future? I might predicate a young girl who got to 3r of a GS to has a bright future. We want to see evidence and achievement, not just what you like emotionally.

Beat
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:21 AM
Its so hard not to like her...

actually, it's not hard at all.

Pops Maellard
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Have to agree.

So Robson is the better player because she has a brighter future? :scratch: I like Robson more, but she has done diddly squat on the WTA at this stage. Larcher de Brito wins this if we're going on who is the better player (at this stage). Prospects/prediction/expectations are trumped by facts and results, so Larcher de Brito wins.
Yes, there's no basis at all for Robson having the overwhelming majority. Never won a MD match on the tour yet? :tape:

People are only voting Robson because they hate Michelle.

Gregorio87
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:54 AM
Robson is more talented. Maybe now de Brito is the better, but just because she had more chance to play in the WTA, and it wasn't a good decision I tink. Robson has more time to improve in juniors and that's why she will be later more successful.

colt13
Feb 12th, 2010, 12:03 PM
I happen to like both. However, Laura will be the bigger star for 2 reasons.
1. She's a lefty with more variation in her game.
2. She looks bigger than before, and is 5-10 to Larcher de Brito's 5-5.

InsideOut.
Feb 12th, 2010, 12:18 PM
Where's the "they are both equally mediocre" option?:wavey:

:worship: Hear, hear.

Both of them play a hard-hitting baseline game; Michelle is more feisty and fights harder but Laura has more raw firepower and has an advantage in her height. Hard to say who is better (or worse) at the moment.

That said, Michelle is definitely the more detestable. :wavey:

bandabou
Feb 12th, 2010, 12:19 PM
5-10, wow big girl! But really, Laura has to start winning matches..you can be a "talent" only for so long..after a time you become "overrated".

juki
Feb 12th, 2010, 12:33 PM
If they played tomorrow I would expect Laura to win. Michelle's serve is currently a mess, and she seems to have lost some of her fighting spirit. She is in a critical phase right now of her career I think. Her game hasn't improved at all since 2008, and she (or her parents/team) have made some weird choices lately, leaving Bollettieri for Mouratoglou, then quitting Mouratoglou after a blink of an eye. Does anybody know who her coach is and where she is based now? Her career seems to be in limbo right now.

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 12th, 2010, 12:40 PM
I'm not sure what's the basis for your estimation of her future? I might predicate a young girl who got to 3r of a GS to has a bright future. We want to see evidence and achievement, not just what you like emotionally.

What I see is one player who is making progress with her game and another player who not only has made no progress at all in her game in the last 2 years but has actually significantly regressed. I don't even need to say which player is which, do I? A career in tennis isn't a 100 meter sprint but a marathon. Larcher de Brito may have gotten a nice head start but winning at a young age doesn't guarentee future success.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 12th, 2010, 12:56 PM
Where's the option "They are equally bad"?

LoLex
Feb 12th, 2010, 01:05 PM
MLDB :o

Sam L
Feb 12th, 2010, 01:08 PM
Michelle is the future of tennis. :hearts:

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 12th, 2010, 01:13 PM
5-10, wow big girl! But really, Laura has to start winning matches..you can be a "talent" only for so long..after a time you become "overrated".

At 16 you don't actually have to start winning matches. You simply have to work on developing your game. At 16 you have a lot of time. Wozniacki the most successful young player in the game only cracked the top 100 around her 17th birthday and she wasn't top 20 until she reached 18. And significantly all the other youngish up and comers in the top 50 broke through even later. Players are breaking through at older and older ages and there does seem to be some wisdom in not starting in the pros at too early an age. MLDB could very well turn into a very good example of this.

flareon
Feb 12th, 2010, 01:13 PM
Mhm michelle was impressive at RG but hasnt done much since interesting to see what she does at memphis. Laura is only newly 16! So all this hype she hasnt won a WTA match is stupid because she is so young. Also all her main draws on the WTA have not been easy, Hantuchova and Benesova. She has won qualy matches though!!!! she hardly plays on the WTA and has plenty of wins at the lower level. She has also reached finals of grand slams at junior levels. I do wonder wether some of you expect her to win just like that. She has still got plenty of developing to do and growing her first win will come you just have to be patient. I agree thought i think they will have a great rivalry.

bandabou
Feb 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
What I see is one player who is making progress with her game and another player who not only has made no progress at all in her game in the last 2 years but has actually significantly regressed. I don't even need to say which player is which, do I? A career in tennis isn't a 100 meter sprint but a marathon. Larcher de Brito may have gotten a nice head start but winning at a young age doesn't guarentee future success.

But Laura hasn't have ANY succes either, no? So what gives..

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 12th, 2010, 02:02 PM
But Laura hasn't have ANY succes either, no? So what gives..

See my post two above yours. ;)

Robson is making the kind of steady progress you would want for a player just turned sixteen. She is only just getting her feet wet at the top level which is the way it should be. She played well at the Hopman Cup and has had competitive matches against several good players along with wins over MJMS and Julia Goerges. That is enough for now. Better to develop at a moderate pace than explode at 15 and not be able to maintain that level at 17.

bandabou
Feb 12th, 2010, 02:03 PM
At 16 you don't actually have to start winning matches. You simply have to work on developing your game. At 16 you have a lot of time. Wozniacki the most successful young player in the game only cracked the top 100 around her 17th birthday and she wasn't top 20 until she reached 18. And significantly all the other youngish up and comers in the top 50 broke through even later. Players are breaking through at older and older ages and there does seem to be some wisdom in not starting in the pros at too early an age. MLDB could very well turn into a very good example of this.

Ok..point taken. I forgot that Laura was still so young. How young is Michelle then?

bandabou
Feb 12th, 2010, 02:07 PM
See my post two above yours. ;)

Robson is making the kind of steady progress you would want for a player just turned sixteen. She is only just getting her feet wet at the top level which is the way it should be. She played well at the Hopman Cup and has had competitive matches against several good players along with wins over MJMS and Julia Goerges. That is enough for now. Better to develop at a moderate pace than explode at 15 and not be able to maintain that level at 17.

;) :lol: I saw it..I understand. So Michelle is already 17. Hmmm and in a slump already..

Dave.
Feb 12th, 2010, 02:11 PM
For all this talk about success, Laura is the one who has actually been to a GS QF. That might not mean much as Michelle has still won more matches so far, but it's for those who believe only Grand Slams matter.


I don't particularly like either but I'd say Michelle's career has been better so far but Laura will probably go on to much more success.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:04 PM
For all this talk about success, Laura is the one who has actually been to a GS QF.

In which world?

hugo2004
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Laura is the MUCH more complete player IMO. Michelle hasn't done anything since Roland Garros, and honestly if she doesn't get a better serve, I don't see her winning much of anything in the way of slams.

I saw Michelle playing in the Fed Cup last week, she is clearly lack of confidence, competitive rhythm. But she improved with the matches i think this tournament was very important to her for the rest of the season. Last match she showed a reasonable level. And i can say she improved a lot her serve, less double faults and a lot of 1º serves in, but her second serve is still very weak.

hugo2004
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:16 PM
If they played tomorrow I would expect Laura to win. Michelle's serve is currently a mess, and she seems to have lost some of her fighting spirit. She is in a critical phase right now of her career I think. Her game hasn't improved at all since 2008, and she (or her parents/team) have made some weird choices lately, leaving Bollettieri for Mouratoglou, then quitting Mouratoglou after a blink of an eye. Does anybody know who her coach is and where she is based now? Her career seems to be in limbo right now.

Her coach is her father, António de Brito, she trains in Bradenton, Florida.

Protoss
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:17 PM
In which world?
She was in the doubles quarterfinal of the Australian Open this year. :shrug:

Viktymise
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:43 PM
For all this talk about success, Laura is the one who has actually been to a GS QF. That might not mean much as Michelle has still won more matches so far, but it's for those who believe only Grand Slams matter.

:cuckoo:

Anywho, the thread is who's the better teenager, i.e who's had more success as a teenager and that by far and away is MLDB. By Robson's age she already had wins of Ratwanska, Zheng, Pennetta, Dulko and several other top 100 players and had taken sets off Kuznetsova and Serena.

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:50 PM
:cuckoo:

Anywho, the thread is who's the better teenager, i.e who's had more success as a teenager and that by far and away is MLDB. By Robson's age she already had wins of Ratwanska, Zheng, Pennetta, Dulko and several other top 100 players and had taken sets off Kuznetsova and Serena.

And as teenagers MLDB has almost 3 years left and Robson almost 4 years left. If you want to go by strictly results that's fine. I am very confident when the two girls' teen years are finished when their results are compared then Robson will be well ahead.

Viktymise
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:53 PM
I am very confident when the two girls' teen years are finished when their results are compared then Robson will be well ahead.

Expectations count for nothing. We're living in the now. Robson has done nothing remotely significant on the tour so far and thus far this comparison is not even a contest.

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 12th, 2010, 04:07 PM
Expectations count for nothing. We're living in the now. Robson has done nothing remotely significant on the tour so far and thus far this comparison is not even a contest.

Okay. If you want this to be plain and simple, a matter of who has produced the best results up to now then, yes, I have no problem at all acknowledging that it is MLDB. Easily. As you say, not even a contest. There. Happy? :)

And you know what? That is worth as much as the fact that Mirjana Lucic accomplished a lot more by her 16th birthday than either Venus or Serena Williams. :hatoff:

Lulu.
Feb 12th, 2010, 04:12 PM
Michelle.

HammerTime234
Feb 12th, 2010, 04:41 PM
Robson.

Joe.
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:08 PM
for people who have been saying michelle's results are better, your obviously forgetting that laura has only played 4 WTA/Grand Slam events. michelles serve is crap and her results since wimbledon last year have been mediocre. im sure laura would win if they played ;)

hugo2004
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:11 PM
for people who have been saying michelle's results are better, your obviously forgetting that laura has only played 4 WTA/Grand Slam events. michelles serve is crap and her results since wimbledon last year have been mediocre. im sure laura would win if they played ;)

They played last year Michelle won. After Wimbledon Michelle reached the second round in the US.

Rui.
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:43 PM
They played last year Michelle won. After Wimbledon Michelle reached the second round in the US.

Yeah and after that she lost 9 consecutive matches...After wimbledon she won 1 match.

VIKA?
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:46 PM
Michelle.

Rui.
Feb 12th, 2010, 05:52 PM
Anyway after a slump many players just go on a roll and win lots of matches...So we'll see how Michelle does whenever she wins a match...

NoChokes
Feb 12th, 2010, 06:43 PM
Laura by a street.

Joe.
Feb 12th, 2010, 09:15 PM
They played last year Michelle won. After Wimbledon Michelle reached the second round in the US.

oh i didnt realise....when did they play?

MaBaker
Feb 12th, 2010, 09:20 PM
Laura. She doesn't need to scream while playing a drop shot.

hugo2004
Feb 12th, 2010, 10:37 PM
oh i didnt realise....when did they play?

Liverpool final

Sam L
Feb 12th, 2010, 10:50 PM
GOAT to future GOAT?

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/81960028.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789215ABF3343C02EA5481B9792B5E4C60998 0F92EEB35FD66F74B617F7306BF89AFFE30A760B0D811297

Slutati
Feb 12th, 2010, 10:53 PM
Michelle, seirously. :shrug: I don't like her screams either, but Laura has done absolutely nothing yet.

colt13
Feb 12th, 2010, 11:26 PM
Michelle, seirously. :shrug: I don't like her screams either, but Laura has done absolutely nothing yet.

Pointswise no, but Hopman Cup helped her game tremendously. Fed Cup hasn't hurt Larcher de Brito, but she needs to win just for her confidence.

MK Ultra
Feb 13th, 2010, 12:02 AM
I would have to say michelle because she had a great summer in 2008 when she was 15.robson is 16 now and hasn't achieved what michelle has.

artistabastuz
Feb 13th, 2010, 12:12 AM
I think the results diference results from Michelle´s going into wta events at 15 while Laura kept playing juniors. They are diferent, Michelle´s more emotional and Laura´s more calm and relaxed, but they are both very talented. Anyway, i love Laura but i´ll have to go Michelle :)

Szavay #1
Feb 13th, 2010, 02:03 AM
laura cause she has more variety.

BlueTrees
Jun 15th, 2011, 06:10 AM
Bump. Michelle still has the edge and has better wins and Grand Slam/WTA results but to be honest both suck. But at least Michelle had some great results at a young age. Robson's done absolutely nothing. :tape:

in 2011 Larcher de Brito has reached SF in $75,000+H Nottingham, Final in $50,000 Charlottesville and won $25,000 Rancho Santa Fe. Not spectacular but not bad either. :)

18majors
Jun 15th, 2011, 06:25 AM
Laura by a country mile.

BlueTrees
Jun 15th, 2011, 06:29 AM
Laura by a country mile.

Larcher de Brito has 19 WTA wins. Robson has 1. :wavey: