Teenage tennis standout and Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy student, Michelle Larcher de Brito, 16, came through in the final round of qualifying to defeat Alberta Brianti of Italy, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. This was a rematch of their Australian Open match-up earlier this year where Brianti upset Michelle in straight sets. Brianti, 28, is currently ranked #127 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and has been as high as #79 (2007). This is Michelle's first time to play in Indian Wells, a Sony Ericsson Premier Mandatory event.
Congrats to Michelle!