Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy student, Michelle Larcher de Brito, who is only 16 years old, lost today in the third round of the 2009 French Open. The young Portuguese star was making her first career main draw appearance in a Grand Slam and it was a very successful debut. After qualifying for the tournament by winning three matches, she then went on to win her opener against Melanie South and followed that up with a top-20 victory over Jie Zheng. The run ended today though as Larcher de Brito lost to Frenchwoman Arvane Rezai 7-6(3), 6-2.
Larcher de Brito is the first Portuguese woman to ever reach the third round of a Grand Slam and is currently the youngest player ranked in the top 140. With her performance at Roland Garros there is a good chance she will move into the top 100 when the new rankings come out in a couple of weeks.
Congratulations to Michelle on a fantastic tournament and good luck throughout the rest of 2009!