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Struggles Continue: Larcher De Brito Tracker

dubsMichelle Larcher De Brito has not exactly set the Tour on fire so far this year, struggling with a 1-5 record on the ITF Pro Circuit, as the now 24 year old’s ranking has dropped to 246. Larcher De Brito has one victory so far this year against a former NCAA player 6-4 in the third in Orlando (clay) to Jessica Wacnik.

Her five losses to less than stellar opposition have been hardly encouraging: 26 16 to teenager Sofia Kenin in Orlando; 36 36 to Caroline Dolehide in Daytona (clay); 06 36 to no. 286 ranked Renata Zarazua in Wesley Chapel (clay); and last week 57 06 to no. 374 ranked Kararzyna Kawa in Midland (indoor hard). Larcher De Brito has struggled with average results since her return last January after wrist surgery in July 2015 and her ranking has been stagnated in the 220-250 range for the past fourteen months.

But with the inspiring success of players such as Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Kimiko Date-Krumm one can never count out anyone and especially not a player like Larcher De Brito who has career wins over the likes of Kuznetsova and Sharapova and Ivanovic. Since 2007 Larcher De Brito’s ranking has bounced between 76 and 312 while her pro tour won/loss record stands at 155-148. She has three ITF $25k pro circuit titles with all three titles coming in 2011 and 2012.

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  • Dan Markowitz · February 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I like Larcher de Brito is toast. You can’t lose a love set to no. 374. It’s a shame, but probably having father coach her was not smart or provident move.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 10, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    A coach at img who is familiar with the situation said that Larcher de Brito stopped developing as a player and her serve has issues that were never resolved and it could be too late for her serve which I experienced first hand and is very average – Her main practice is hitting rallies with her father who feeds oisut of a basket which is poor practice preparation for a professional who needs to have real points and real live action which simply cannot be simulated by a regular hack player feeding balls out of a basket – I would think that kind of practice is not even sufficient for a USTA senior player like me to get ready for USTA 35s/45s and open tournaments – For a professional to be doing that as her main tourney preparation is shocking -

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