Top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens falls, Lucie Safarova moves on in Quebec

QUEBEC, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Defending champion and top seed Kirsten Flipkens took a surprising early exit but No. 3 Lucie Safarova advanced Tuesday in first-round Bell Challenge play.

Top women's seeds all move on at Citi Open in DC

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany moved on along with other top seeds at the Citi Open in Washington Tuesday.

OIga Govortsova upsets No. 2 seed Samantha Stosur at Bank of the West

STANFORD, Calif., July 24 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia committed 10 double faults Tuesday and was unceremoniously ousted from the Bank of the West Classic in California.
Kanepi advances with upset win at Wimbledon

Kanepi advances with upset win at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 28 (UPI) -- Kaia Kanepi Friday defeated seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, making Kerber the sixth Top 10 player to exit the women's draw at Wimbledon.
Azarenka injured, Sharapova loses at Wimbledon

Azarenka injured, Sharapova loses at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 26 (UPI) -- No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew before her second-round match and third-seeded Maria Sharapova was beaten at Wimbledon Wednesday.

Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova among Day 1 Wimbledon winners

LONDON, June 24 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka and No. 3 Maria Sharapova each advanced with first-round wins Monday at Wimbledon, but No. 5 Sara Errani fell in an upset.

Pavlyuchenkova wins first-round Citi match

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advanced in Tuesday's first-round action at the Citi Open in Washington.

Benesova falls in Citi Open upset

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Iveta Benesova fell in an upset to Taiwan's Chang Kai-Chen Sunday in opening day action at the Citi Open in Washington.
Peng leads way into Tashkent quarterfinals

Peng leads way into Tashkent quarterfinals

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Shuai Peng used a straight-set victory Thursday to earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the $145,000 Tashkent Open tennis tournament in Uzbekistan.

Seeds surprised in California

STANFORD, Calif., July 15 (UPI) -- Nadia Petrova and Francesca Schiavone, seeded seventh and eighth, were both first-round losers Tuesday at the Bank of the West Classic in California.
Henin, Serena advance in Ericsson Open

Henin, Serena advance in Ericsson Open

MIAMI, March 28 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Justin Henin and Serena Williams were among the second-round winners Friday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Henin wins ninth straight match

MIAMI, March 23 (UPI) -- Justine Henin, the top-ranked player in the world, and Kim Clijsters both advanced past the second round Friday at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Vania King advances at Miami tourney

MIAMI, March 21 (UPI) -- Vania King defeated China's Tiantian Sun to advance to the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open, where she will meet top-ranked Justine Henin.
Michelle Larcher de Brito

Michelle Caroline Larcher de Brito, born Micaela Carolina Larcher de Brito, also known as Michelle Larcher de Brito or Michelle Brito (born 29 January 1993 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese tennis player. Larcher de Brito's family moved to the United States when she was nine years old so she could attend the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. She was coached by Nick Bollettieri until the end of 2007. Currently she is training full time with her father, António Larcher de Brito. She achieved a career-high ranking of 76 on July 6, 2009.

She is the first Portuguese female player to enter the main draw of a grand slam, which occurred at the 2009 French Open. Her impressive results at such a young age have prompted Nick Bollettieri to tip her as a possible Top 10 player. She is known for her loud grunts while executing shots, being noted for surpassing in decibels the likes of Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles, Victoria Azarenka and Venus and Serena Williams, other famous "grunters". In response to criticism from fellow players about this, she defended herself by saying, "I could (stop grunting), but, you know, it won't feel natural, because it feels like something is missing in my game if I just stop."

Larcher de Brito's coach and father, António, is Portuguese, born in Angola. Her mother, Caroline, is from South Africa. She has two older brothers who are twins, Sebastião and Sérgio. She began playing at the age of three when her father introduced her at a local club in Lisbon. She is a baseliner whose main attributes are her groundstrokes and movement, and she prefers hard and grass courts. Her favorite players are Monica Seles, Martina Hingis and Rafael Nadal. In a recent interview, she said it was her dream to play an exhibition match in a football stadium, preferably Benfica's Estádio da Luz in her native Lisbon.

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