The last time. Despite serious injuries and a variety of vanity projects since, she might just do it again this year. And there's the rub for the WTA. She never actually won a tournament. When she did try to throw her weight around on court, her doubles partner, then-World No.
The Larcher de Brito nightmare
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No, the early stink is about women tennis players who, heaven forbid, shriek. Apparently, the noise is causing some people to choke on their Pimms. Pity Portuguese teenager Michelle Larcher de Brito. The year-old's got a crunching forehand, mounds of ambition and confidence beyond her years. But the only reason she's made headlines this week is because she yells when she plays.
Women's Tennis: Hear Them Roar
According to her detractors, while playing ,year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal emits full-bodied screams that register decibels or the noise level of a racing car revving to full speed. During the French open, Aravane Rezai complained to the umpire about the noise emitting from the teenage Portuguese girl. Larcher de Brito was so loud at the French Open that the crowds there booed her. Well, you know the French—it takes a great deal for them to turn on a fine looking female! The full impact of her noise level focused the media once again on the issue of grunting because Larcher de Brito was really bellowing.
T here's a pleasingly soporific buzz that settles over the All England Club on those charmed afternoons when the sun sidles out, and the sensible jackets are zipped back into their pouches, and the play can begin to sound like a metronome that someone has considerately wrapped in a nice blanket and removed to an adjoining room. And then Maria Sharapova starts to play. Jenny Jobson, blessed with much-coveted seats on Wednesday, had been gripped by the two previous matches, but at the entrance into court two of the tall Russian she headed straight to the cafe for some strawberries.