Peer’s defense too much for Larcher de Brito
All good things must come to an end. And that was the case for NBTA student Michelle Larcher de Brito today. After two incredible comeback wins, her run at the Sony Ericsson Open ended today. She fell to #16 Shahar Peer 6-0, 6-2. Peer demonstrated why she is one of the top players in the world, as she played incredible defense throughout the match. Her ability to get to almost every ball forced Michelle to win the point and put a tremendous amount of pressure on the young girl.
Peer played extremely smart, and was spurred on by the large contingent of Israeli fans that cheered her on and waved the Israeli flag throughout the match. Throughout the match, Peer had Michelle pinned behind the baseline and controlled the court. Their were long rallies, but every time there was one it seemed like Peer won it.
It was a great tournament for Michelle regardless, because she showed that she is very capable of competing with the top girls. She also demonstrated how tough she is mentally and that she will never give up during a match. I want to congratulate her for the way she played. She has a bright future, and we are all very excited for her.