Michelle Larcher de Brito
Larcher de Brito at the 2010 Family Circle Cup
|Full name||Michelle Larcher de Brito|
29 January 1993 |
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Turned pro||7 February 2007|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||76 (6 July 2009)|
|Current ranking||123 (3 March 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2013)|
|French Open||3R (2009)|
|US Open||2R (2009, 2013)|
|Highest ranking||535 (28 February 2011)|
|Last updated on: 3 March 2014.|
Michelle Larcher de 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 in July 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."
- 1 Family and personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Grunting controversy
- 4 Career finals
- 5 Singles performance timeline
- 6 Fed Cup
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Family and personal life
Larcher de Brito's coach and father, António Maria de Lima de Sousa Larcher de Brito, is Portuguese and from Angola. Her mother, Caroline, is from South Africa. She has two older brothers who are twins, Sérgio and Sebastião, born in 1989. She began playing at the age of 3 when her father introduced her at a local club. 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. She won the 2008 Revelation Award from the Fundação Luso-Brasileira (Portuguese-Brazilian Foundation) and, as a result, she appeared in the pages of Elle Portugal. In 2009, she won the Confederação do Desporto de Portugal (Portuguese Sports Confederation) female athlete of the year award against such rivals as Vanessa Fernandes and Telma Monteiro.
Larcher de Brito played on the ITF Junior circuit from August 2006 to December 2007, winning three singles tournaments. In Grand-Slam tournaments, she made it to the singles quarterfinals of the 2007 French Open and the doubles quarterfinals of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. She won her last tournament, the 2007 Orange Bowl, becoming, at 14 years, 10 months and 11 days, the second youngest champion of the event's history after Nicole Vaidišová. She was also the youngest player ever to win the U-16 Eddie Herr Championship (in 2005 when she was 12). Her best junior ranking was 20th place with a 44–15 singles record and a 10–17 doubles record.
Larcher de Brito made her debut on the ITF circuit in early February 2007, in the $75,000 hard court tournament in Midland, Michigan, United States. There, as an unranked wild card, she lost in the first round both singles (against world number 185 Kristina Brandi) and doubles, teaming with Gréta Arn, against the pairing of Julie Ditty and Natalie Grandin). She would make her WTA Tour debut as an unranked wild card at the Miami Open, reaching the second round before falling to the number 16 seed Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets. At 14 years, 1 month and 3 days, Brito became the seventh-youngest in the WTA tour history to win a singles main draw match by beating Meghann Shaughnessy in the first round and the youngest since the Age Eligibility Rule was implemented in 1995. Despite this achievement, due to her age, she wasn't allowed to play any more senior tournaments until September. During that time, she played for the Sacramento Capitals in the World Team Tennis, becoming the youngest player ever to be drafted in the competition. She would be instrumental in the Capitals victory in the 2007 championship. In her return to the circuit, she became the first Portuguese player to reach a semifinal at a $75,000 ITF event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, losing to third seed Rossana de los Ríos. The feat allowed her to debut in the WTA rankings at world number 364.
In February, Larcher de Brito defeated world number 124 Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro in the first round of the 2008 Cellular South Cup – Singles, but she lost in the second round to the world number 43 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.
On 28 March 2008, on her return to the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, she upset world number 16 Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round. She would then lose to world number 19 Shahar Pe'er. In the first round she defeated world number 75 Ekaterina Makarova in three sets. The following month, she debuted on her home tournament in Portugal, the Estoril Open. She lost to world number 471 Sanda Mamić.
On 16 July 2008, she nearly won the best victory of her career, narrowly losing to former world number one player Serena Williams in three sets. The day before, she had beaten world number 34 Gisela Dulko in straight sets.
Based on her good Bank of the West Classic tournament performance where she won three qualifying matches and one main draw match, on 21 July 2008, Larcher de Brito's WTA singles ranking rose 56 places from the previous week, from number 226 to 170 in the world, her then best ranking ever. With that ranking she became the highest ranked Portuguese women's player, ahead of then world number 192 Neuza Silva. At the Roger's Cup, Larcher de Brito won two qualifying matches to make it into the main draw. She then went on to defeat world number 97 Vania King in the first round and world number 18 Flavia Pennetta in the second round before losing to fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. After such a great performance by the 15-year old, she rose to number 131 in the world, making her the highest ranking Portuguese tennis player of all time.
Her most significant result of the season came in October at the Tashkent Open where she reached her first quarterfinal on the WTA tour. She would lose to third seed and eventual champion Sorana Cîrstea, after she defeated in the first two rounds Andreja Klepač and Tatiana Poutchek.
Larcher de Brito obtained an invite from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association twice again to play 2009 JB Group Classic for Team Europe with Jelena Janković and Ágnes Szávay, they lost to Team Americas (include two Americans Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe and Argentine Gisela Dulko) 1–2 in the semifinals and then they lost to Team Asia Pacific (include Chinese Zheng Jie, Indian Sania Mirza and Zhang Ling from Hong Kong) 0–3 in the Silver Group final.
Larcher de Brito begun the season at the Australian Open where she reached the second qualifying round losing to world number 169 Alberta Brianti. This was followed by a second round finish in Memphis, losing to world number 52 Anne Keothavong, after defeating world number 91 Sofia Arvidsson in the first round and a qualification to Indian Wells, losing to world number 107 Urszula Radwańska in the first round. In Miami, after successful tournaments as a wild card the two previous years, she failed to qualify this time by losing in the first qualifying round to Aravane Rezaï.
At Estoril in May, she lost in straight sets to world number 165 Elena Bovina in the third qualifying round, but qualified to the main tournament as a lucky loser. She lost to seventh seed Shahar Pe'er. The following week at the Madrid Open, as the last direct acceptance into the qualifying draw, she reached the final round where she lost to Anna-Lena Grönefeld, after defeating Olga Govortsova in three sets.
On 22 May 2009, de Brito qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament main draw at the French Open after winning the final round of the qualifying by beating world number 152 Kristína Kučová, world number 177 Yuliana Fedak and world number 151 Ekaterina Ivanova. She became the first Portuguese female player ever to do so. After overcoming Melanie South in the first round, Larcher de Brito once again made history by becoming the first Portuguese player overall to qualify for the third round of a Grand Slam by beating world number 15 Zheng Jie. She would lose to home player Aravane Rezaï, a game in which her opponent made a number of complaints about the amount of noise coming from the Portuguese. With her third round result, she entered the top 100 for the first time, a ranking of world number 90.
After a failed qualification in Birmingham, where she lost in the second round to Chanelle Scheepers, she received a wild card to participate in Wimbledon, before winning the Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International, an exhibition tournament, where she beat fellow Wimbledon wild card Laura Robson in the final. At Wimbledon, she defeated Klára Zakopalová in the first round but fell to world number 43 Francesca Schiavone in the second. After the good results in Europe, she returned to the USA to compete on the US Open Series tournaments. However, her results were disappointing, first in Los Angeles, where she received a wild card, losing to Sorana Cîrstea, then as a qualifier in Cincinnati losing to Yaroslava Shvedova and Toronto against world number 69 Petra Kvitová.
Following those results its was announced that she signed a three-year deal with the famous Mouratoglou Academy to prepare herself during the European seasons. At the US Open, Larcher de Brito reached the second round, beating 97 Mathilde Johansson, before losing to world number 19 Li Na. She finished the year by losing to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the first round of qualifying in Luxembourg.
Playing in the qualifying phase at the Australian Open, Larcher de Brito failed to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament since the previous year's Australian Open, losing in the first qualifying round to Ekaterina Dzehalevich. This was followed by a four-match losing run in the Fed Cup in February (that saw the Portugal relegated to Europe/Africa Group II) and a third successive second round showing in Memphis, losing to Anne Keothavong.
After first round exits at Indian Wells (after she won two qualifying matches against Klára Zakopalová and world number 115 Arantxa Rus, she lost to Alexandra Dulgheru) and Miami (where she lost to world number 40 Sorana Cîrstea), she found more success in the clay court season with second round showings at Charleston (where she lost to Patty Schnyder) and Estoril (after she defeated world number 71 Alizé Cornet in the first round, she lost to Sorana Cîrstea). Despite signs of improvement, she failed to qualify to the main draw at the French Open, losing to Misaki Doi in the second qualifying round in three sets.
In June came her best result of the season, a third round showing in Birmingham, where she lost to Kaia Kanepi, after defeating Ekaterina Dzehalevich and Olga Govortsova in the first two rounds. This was followed with a first round loss at Wimbledon against world number 1 and eventual champion Serena Williams. The American hard court season also proved to be unsuccessful with failed qualification attempts at Stanford and San Diego and a first round loss at the US Open against world number 159 Sania Mirza (after she won three qualifying matches against Karolína Plíšková, Anastasiya Yakimova and Alexandra Panova). She finished the year at the ITF $75,000 event in Albuquerque with another first round, straight set-loss to Daria Gavrilova.
Larcher de Brito started the season by playing in an ITF $25,000 event in Plantation, losing in the first round to world number 323 Julia Boserup in straight sets. She then took part in another ITF $25,000 event in Lutz, losing in the second round to Jessica Pegula in a close three set-match. At her third event, at the $25,000 ITF event in Rancho Santa Fe, California, Larcher de Brito won her first career title, beating world number 189 Madison Brengle in the final. Afterwards she took part at the $100,000 ITF event in Midland, losing in the second round to Ahsha Rolle. In Miami she lost in the second round of qualifying to the former world junior number 1 Arantxa Rus, after having defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková in the first round.
In May, she failed to qualify to the main draw at the French Open, losing to world number 202 Elena Bogdan in the first qualifying round.
In June, she reached the semifinals of the $75,000 ITF event in Nottingham, losing to Olga Govortsova in straight sets.
In August, returning from injury, she won in the first round of qualifying for the US Open, beating Lesia Tsurenko in three sets in two hours 51 minutes with an incredible 19 double-faults. In the second round, she defeated world number 193 Anna Floris in only 56 minutes. In the third round, she lost to Karin Knapp in a long three-setter.
In October, Larcher de Brito was the third seed at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Bayamón. In the first round, she defeated Yolima Ogando, in the second she defeated Teliana Pereira, in the quarterfinals she beat the number 5 seed Madison Brengle. In her semifinal against Catalina Castaño, she again won in straight sets to book a final appearance against Mónica Puig, winning in straight sets for her second career title.
In November, at the $75,000 ITF event in Phoenix, Larcher de Brito lost to world number 175 Sesil Karatantcheva in the final, after defeating first seed Irina Falconi in the first round and third seed Mandy Minella in the semifinals.
Playing in the qualifying phase at the Australian Open, Larcher de Brito won in the first qualifying round to knock outKathrin Wörle. In the second round, she defeated Arantxa Parra Santonja. In the third round, she lost to the world number 140 Stefanie Vögele.
This was followed by participation in the Fed Cup in February. After a straight sets-loss to Elena Baltacha, Portugal's overall 3–0 loss to Great Britain, Larcher de Brito, 99 places lower than her Israeli opponent Shahar Pe'er, played a solid baseline game and capitalised on the Israeli's errors to register a straight set-thrashing of the home favourite. She also beat Michaëlla Krajicek and Dia Evtimova to help Portugal to achieve fifth place in the Europe/Africa group. After that, at the $25,000 ITF event in Surprise, Arizona, Larcher de Brito won her third career title, defeating world number 172 Claire Feuerstein in the final.
In April, playing in the qualifying phase at Charleston, Larcher de Brito won in the first qualifying round to Alexandra Stevenson. In the second round, she lost to Karolína Plíšková. A week later, at the $25,000 ITF event in Pelham, Larcher de Brito lost to the Edina Gallovits-Hall in the semifinals, after defeating the Julia Boserup in the first round and the young Australian Sacha Jones in the quarterfinals.
In May, playing in the qualifying phase at Brussels, Larcher de Brito won in the first qualifying round to Ysaline Bonaventure. In the second round, she lost to the world number 98 Arantxa Rus. A week later, she failed to qualify to the main draw at the French Open, losing to Tatjana Malek in the first qualifying round.
In June, she reached the second round in the $75,000 ITF tournament in Nottingham, where she lost to Elena Baltacha, after winning three matches in qualifying and defeating Ayumi Morita in the first round. A week later, playing in the qualifying phase at Birmingham, Larcher de Brito won in the first qualifying round Līga Dekmeijere. In the second round, she defeated Chan Yung-jan and qualified for the tournament main draw. Then she won in the first round, defeating Bojana Jovanovski in three sets. In the second round, she lost to Melanie Oudin. This was followed with a first round victory in the qualifying phase at Wimbledon against Ajla Tomljanović. In the second round, she lost to Karolína Plíšková.
In July, Michelle received a wild card to the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. In the first round she won 11 straight games from 7–5, 2–0 down and eventually knocked out Jarmila Gajdošová. In the second round, she lost to sixth seed Chanelle Scheepers. A week later, playing in the qualifying phase at the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego, she beat Julia Boserup in the first round. In the second round she defeated Melanie Oudin and qualified for the tournament main draw. In the first round, she lost to Misaki Doi. This was followed with a first round victory in the qualifying phase at Washington against Alessondra Parra. In the second record she defeated Gabriela Paz and qualified for the tournament main draw. Larcher de Brito battled past Croat Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in a three-set thriller. She also had to endure a short delay because of temperatures rising to unplayable levels, but came out victorious against the German-born Lučić to labour into the second round. She broke her rival's serve twice and jumped to a 5–1 lead. Apart from wasting her chance of serving out the opening set with a breadstick, Larcher de Brito plucked her serve once more and clicked the opener with a 6–3 win. Lučić-Baroni re-focused in the follow-up set and got back in action. She earned the critical break in the fourth game and leaped to a 4–1 lead. The Croat held her remaining serves with poise and sealed the equalizer by winning six games to two. Larcher de Brito regained her strength in the final set, after Lučić-Baroni held her serve in the second game, the Portuguese unleashed her good form and went on a five-game streak, subsequently pulling out the decider with a breadstick. In the second round, she lost to world number 50 Sloane Stephens.
In August, at the Rogers Cup, Larcher de Brito won the first round of the qualifying against Kristina Mladenovic by 7–5, 6–2. In the second round, she defeated Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová. In the final round, she defeated Lučić-Baroni to qualify for the main draw. In the first round, she lost to Simona Halep. Later, she won the first round in the qualifying of the US Open, beating Ekaterina Dzehalevich. In the second round, she lost to Elina Svitolina in three sets.
In September, she lost in the first round of the Bell Challenge, to Petra Rampre. Later, she reached the semifinal at the $75,000 ITF event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, losing to Maria Sanchez in straight sets despite saving seven match points.
Playing in the qualifying phase at the Australian Open, Larcher de Brito won in the first qualifying round over Azra Hadzic. In the second round she defeated Cristina Mitu. In the third round, Larcher de Brito needed more than two hours to defeat South Africa's Chanel Simmonds, triumphing in a titanic three set-clash on court 10 to make her Australian Open main draw debut. In the first round, she was defeated by 19th seed Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets. This was followed by participation in the Fed Cup in February. After a straight sets-loss to Tímea Babos in Portugal's overall 3–0 loss to Hungary, Michelle defeated Heather Watson. Laura Robson and Heather Watson held their nerve in a deciding doubles rubber against Portugal to secure Great Britain's second victory at the Fed Cup in Israel. Watson and Robson are occasional doubles partners, teaming up at the previous year's Olympic Games, and they easily saw off Larcher de Brito and Joana Valle Costa to earn Britain a 2–1 victory in the tie. In the last round, she defeated Jelena Simić from Bosnia and in doubles with Bárbara Luz they defeated Anita Husarić and Dea Herdželaš with the loss of just one game. This was followed by a loss in the qualifying in Memphis at the hands of world number 96 Jana Čepelová.
At the qualification to the Indian Wells Masters in March, Larcher de Brito defeated Misaki Doi in the first round. In the second round, she qualified to the main draw, defeating Anastasia Rodionova. In the main draw first round, she lost to Alexandra Dulgheru, the ex-top-25 player from Romania. Later, playing in the qualifying phase at the Family Circle Cup, Larcher de Brito won in the first qualifying round (Hayley Carter) but lost to Jessica Pegula in the second.
In May, in the qualification to the Brussels Open, Larcher de Brito won in the first qualifying round over Alicja Rosolska. In the second round, she lost to Yulia Putintseva. Later, she failed to qualify to the main draw at the French Open, where she lost in the first round of the qualifying to Maryna Zanevska. In June, playing in the qualifying phase at Birmingham, Larcher de Brito lost in the first qualifying round to Arantxa Parra Santoja. At Wimbledon, she qualified for the main draw by defeating Chanel Simmonds, Claire Feuerstein and Shahar Pe'er. In the first round of the main draw, Larcher de Brito defeated Melanie Oudin in three sets. In the second round, she defeated 2004 champion and world number 3 Maria Sharapova in straight sets. In the third round, however, she lost to the unseeded Karin Knapp from Italy.
In July, Larcher de Brito played in the qualifying phase of the Bank of the West Classic, defeating Julia Boserup in the second round. In the third round she defeated Natalie Grandin and qualified for the main draw where she lost to sixth seed Varvara Lepchenko. Lepchenko nearly let a 6–2, 5–1 lead slip away but eventually closed. The American won the match on her sixth match point. This was followed with a first round victory in the qualifying phase at Washington against American Louisa Chirico. In the second record she defeated Victoria Duval to qualify for the main draw, but lost here to world number 40 Madison Keys. A week later, at the Roger's Cup, Larcher de Brito lost in the first round of qualifying to Paula Ormaechea of Argentina.
In August, Larcher de Brito won the first round of US Open qualifying, beating Chiara Scholl. In the second round, she laboured to a three-set victory over Kazakhstani Zarina Diyas. To qualify for the Grand Slam main draw, she defeated Elena Baltacha in three sets. In round one of the main draw, Larcher de Brito defeated world number 124 Eleni Daniilidou but lost to Maria Kirilenko in the second.
In September, she lost in the first round of the Bell Challenge Julie Coin of France.
During the 2009 French Open and Wimbledon tournaments, Larcher de Brito came under criticism for what by some was considered excessive grunting. Some players and commentators have voiced suspicions that the grunting is used as an unsportmanlike tactic to distract the opponent and that this tactic is actually taught by Nick Bollettieri, who is responsible for the training of Larcher de Brito and other grunting tennis greats. Bollettieri has denied this by saying: "My staff and I have never taught grunting. It isn’t something that is done deliberately to hurt their opponents." He also called for some sort of regulation: "Players on both the men's and women's tours grunt. Something eventually needs to be done." Michelle Larcher de Brito also denies being unsportmanlike and has stated: "Nobody can tell me to stop grunting. Tennis is an individual sport and I'm an individual player. If they have to fine me, go ahead, because I'd rather get fined than lose a match because I had to stop grunting [...] If it has inconvenienced the other player, there's nothing I can really do about it, because I don't really want to change anything. [...] I'm here to win. That's it. If people don't like my grunting they can always leave.". On a more conciliatory note, however, Larcher de Brito has also recently[when?] remarked: "I'm 16 and I'm still learning. Maybe I can eventually put it under control. I don't know, but I'll try. It comes from Seles; it comes from Sharapova. It comes from great players.". Like Larcher de Brito, Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova were also trained by Nick Bollettieri.
|Winner||1.||31 January 2011||Rancho Santa Fe, United States||Hard||Madison Brengle||3–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1.||25 April 2011||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Stéphanie Dubois||6–1, 6–7(5–7), 1–6|
|Winner||2.||24 October 2011||Bayamón, Puerto Rico||Hard||Mónica Puig||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||7 November 2011||Phoenix, United States||Hard||Sesil Karatantcheva||1–6, 5–7|
|Winner||3.||13 February 2012||Surprise, United States||Hard||Claire Feuerstein||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||20 June 2009||Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International, Liverpool, United Kingdom||Grass||Laura Robson||6–1, 6–1|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q2||Q1||A||Q3||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|French Open||A||A||3R||Q2||Q1||Q1||Q1||0 / 1||2–1|
|Wimbledon||A||Q1||2R||1R||A||Q2||3R||0 / 3||3–3|
|US Open||A||Q3||2R||1R||Q3||Q2||2R||0 / 3||2–3|
|SR||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 3||0 / 8||N/A|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Indian Wells||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|Miami||2R||3R||Q1||1R||Q2||A||A||0 / 3||3–3|
|Madrid||Not Held||Q2||Q1||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Beijing||Not PMM||Q1||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 6||N/A|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Montreal/Toronto||A||3R||Q1||A||A||1R||Q1||0 / 2||2–2|
|Cincinnati||Not PM5||Q1||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|SR||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 2||N/A|
|Tournaments played||1||6||7||8||0||6||7||Career total: 35|
|Finals reached||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Career total: 0|
|Tournaments Won||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Career total: 0|
|Statistics by surface|
|Win (%)||50%||57%||47%||29%||100%||46%||30%||Career Win (%): 45%|
If ITF women's circuit (Hardcourt: 45–26; Clay: 13–13; Grass: 7–2) and WTA qualifying (Hardcourt: 31–17; Clay: 9–9; Grass: 4–4) participations are included, then her overall win-loss record stands at 139–103.
Larcher de Brito debuted for the Portugal Fed Cup team in 2009 and helped in the team's promotion to the Europe/Africa Group I. The team was relegated back to Group II in 2010 and she helped again in 2011 in the team's promotion to the Europe/Africa Group I with five victories. She has a 10–7 singles record and a 5–2 doubles record (15–9 overall).
Fed Cup participation (24)
|2009 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
|RR||22–24 April 2009||Morocco||Hard||Fatima El Allami||Win||6–4, 7–5|
|Latvia||Anastasija Sevastova||Loss||2–6, 3–6|
|GII Play-Offs||25 April 2009||South Africa||Hard||Natalie Grandin||Win||6–4, 6–3|
|2010 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
|RR||3–5 February 2010||Croatia||Hard||Petra Martić||Loss||4–6, 1–6|
|Switzerland||Patty Schnyder||Loss||2–6, 4–6|
|Romania||Alexandra Dulgheru||Loss||0–6, 7–5, 2–6|
|GI Play-Offs||6 February 2010||Bulgaria||Hard||Tsvetana Pironkova||Loss||3–6, 3–6|
|2011 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
|RR||4–6 May 2011||Morocco||Clay||Fatima El Allami||Win||4–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Finland||Emma Laine||Win||7–6(7–3), 6–3|
|GII Play-Offs||7 May 2011||Georgia||Clay||Sofia Shapatava||Win||3–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)|
|2012 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
|RR||1–3 February 2012||Great Britain||Hard||Elena Baltacha||Loss||2–6, 3–6|
|Israel||Shahar Pe'er||Win||6–2, 6–1|
|Netherlands||Michaëlla Krajicek||Win||6–1, 6–2|
|GI Play-Offs||4 February 2012||Bulgaria||Hard||Dia Evtimova||Win||6–1, 6–1|
|2013 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
|RR||7–9 February 2013||Hungary||Hard||Tímea Babos||Loss||6–3, 5–7, 5–7|
|Great Britain||Heather Watson||Win||6–1, 6–4|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Jelena Simić||Win||6–3, 3–6, 6–2|
|2010 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
|RR||3 February 2010||Neuza Silva||Croatia||Hard||Jelena Kostanić Tošić
|2011 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
|RR||4–6 May 2011||Maria João Koehler||Morocco||Clay||Fatima El Allami
|Maria Joao Koehler||Finland||Emma Laine
|2012 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
|RR||1–3 February 2012||Maria João Koehler||Great Britain||Hard||Laura Robson
|Maria João Koehler||Israel||Shahar Pe'er
|Win||6–2, 4–6, 6–4|
|2013 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
|RR||7–9 February 2013||Joana Valle Costa||Great Britain||Hard||Laura Robson
|Bárbara Luz||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Anita Husarić
- "Michelle Brito é "uma lutadora" e tem espírito para subir ao "top-ten" mundial – Nick Bollettieri". SAPO Notícias (in Portuguese). 1 August 2008.
- Michelle Larcher de Brito Draws Ire for Loud Grunting Fanhouse.com, 30 May 2009
- Michelle Larcher de Brito – Career Highlights WTATour.com
- Larcher de Brito Strikes a Pose For Elle Portugal. WTATour.com, 25 January 2009
- "Serena given workout in Stanford". BBC Sport. 17 July 2008.
- Main Draw Results 07/15/08 Bank of the West Classic, 15 July 2008.
- Rezai rises above shrieks of Larcher de Brito The Independent, 30 May 2009
- Michelle Larcher de Brito joins the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy
- Michelle Larcher de Brito refuses to tone down the grunting News.com.au, June 2009
- One more grunt and you're out: Wimbledon to crack down after complaints Times Online, 14 June 2009
- "Wimbledon faces noise pollution". Stuff.co.nz. Reuters. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
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