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OsloErik
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:15 AM
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?

Smitten
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:25 AM
A shorter, worse version of Azarenka who suffers from the exact same problems.

What are we talking here? Long term or 2011?

BlueTrees
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:39 AM
No, she just lost back to back first and second rounds in $25,000 events :spit:

I dont get what went wrong though :unsure: 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...

urklerlay
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:59 AM
she still has time to make an impact...just not sure if she has the physical assests.

Daniel K
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:02 AM
Is she still with Mouratoglou? Then no time soon.

Cp6uja
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:34 AM
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" :p note, she is "lucky" :p 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 :tape: 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.

Sp!ffy
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:41 AM
No. Peaked way way too early.

juki
Jan 23rd, 2011, 06:01 AM
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.

Pops Maellard
Jan 23rd, 2011, 06:02 AM
Let's hope not.

scoobz
Jan 23rd, 2011, 06:18 AM
Until they find a mute button, please no.

carling
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:01 AM
Let's hope not.

This. :devil:

Viktymise
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:58 PM
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.

Dav.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:29 PM
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.

Tennis Fool
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:35 PM
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.

Dav.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:36 PM
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.

Khelvors
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:43 PM
No, she just lost back to back first and second rounds in $25,000 events :spit:

I dont get what went wrong though :unsure: 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...


zheng jie after the match with her said that her grunting really threw her off; for instance, she expected the ball to come harder when she grunted because it was so loud, her grunts were still going when she was striking the ball, can't hear the bounces of the ball, etc. plus, zheng had just reached like 15 in the world and even said that she was obsessing with her ranking. and, there was a call that totally went again jie. since it was clay, there was no replay thing, and the umpire just looks at the ball imprint on the ground. well, he looked at the wrong imprint, which messed zheng jie up, and de brito didn't say a word.

anyway, zheng jie is a lot better :angel:

Corswandt
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:03 PM
Will Michele Larcher de Brito ever break through?

No, and this "dancing over her grave" thread is evidence of it.

Potato
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:06 PM
For the sake of our ears, no.

The Dawntreader
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:06 PM
No, and this "dancing over her grave" thread is evidence of it.

They are indispensable to TF:p

Geertvg
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:09 PM
She's still young, she'll get there.

;)

OsloErik
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:39 AM
No, and this "dancing over her grave" thread is evidence of it.

They are indispensable to TF:p

Maybe in part; I've made no bones that I found her style of play and personality both repulsive. But I'm also genuinely curious what she's doing at the moment. I haven't see her since Wimbledon, and 8 months can change a LOT of things in a teenage player. Her results aren't indicative of progress, but for the die-hard fans, they might be able to shed some light on a potential 'one-step-back, two-steps-forward' situation.

auntie janie
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:53 AM
Her Dad is her coach these days. I can't say if that explains her decline or not, but it looked like people don't generally know this news so I thought I'd throw it out there.

Edit: Who knows if this is even true, though; it's from wikipedia.

pav
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:57 AM
She has certainly broken through the sound barrier, so she still might in play.

DeliriousPotato
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:58 AM
This is a painful thread for a country with a poor tennis tradition...

OsloErik
Jan 24th, 2011, 01:01 AM
This is a painful thread for a country with a poor tennis tradition...

Out of curiosity, when did MLdB last live in Portugal even half-time? She's been a Bollitieri protege for close to a decade, yeah?

DeliriousPotato
Jan 24th, 2011, 01:06 AM
Out of curiosity, when did MLdB last live in Portugal even half-time? She's been a Bollitieri protege for close to a decade, yeah?

I think she was nine when she left Portugal.
Her Portuguese is awful, I think her parents didn't really try for her to keep a high linguistic level in that particular language.
It's sad, cause when she gives interviews at the Estoril Open, I really can't consider her Portuguese...
Even Maria is more Russian than she is Portuguese :o

Nederlander RUS
Jun 1st, 2011, 10:02 AM
Michelle won her 1st match in Nottingham :)

:cheer:

BartoLiNa
Jun 1st, 2011, 10:08 AM
No way. Terrible player and person.

Claycourter
Jun 1st, 2011, 10:22 AM
Hopefully not. deBrito is no tennis player she shouldn't be allowed on the event grounds much less on an actual tennis court. Her game has zero redeeming features.

goldenlox
Jun 1st, 2011, 10:43 AM
One thing Sharapova's dad did right was to get her away from Bradenton and go to Lansdorp. Maria had to be a real prodigy for IMG to pay for it, but Nick is not the coach you want, for this girl or Sesil or Nicole Vaidisova or Kournikova.
Thats a trail of wasted potential that runs thru Bradenton the last 15 years

Adrian.
Jun 1st, 2011, 11:46 AM
Never :hatoff:

bbjpa
Jun 1st, 2011, 11:48 AM
People are hard on her , winning a R1 match on a ITF tournament is a real breakthrough for her :D :lol:

Miracle Worker
Jun 1st, 2011, 01:03 PM
Of course - She will be fighting with Robson to be number 1 in ranking.