Larcher de Brito gets huge win at French Open
Sixteen-year old Michelle Larcher de Brito got the biggest win of her young career today at the French Open. The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy student beat the #15 ranked player in the world, Jie Zheng, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. Larcher de Brito, who had to go through qualifying just to get into the tournament, has now won two matches in her first career main draw Grand Slam appearance. The win is also the third top-20 win of her career, with the other coming against Flavia Pennetta (Montreal 2008) and Agnieszka Radwanska (Miami 2008).
Larcher de Brito dictated play with her excellent groundstrokes and broked Zheng seven times en route to the win. She will now face Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai in the third round.
Also, be sure to check out Brad Gilbert’s blog which has a little commentary on the Michelle match…
Congratulations to Michelle and good luck in the next round!