Monday, December 17, 2007

de Brito wins Orange Bowl

In dramatic compensation for not having won a tournament throughout the 2007 season, Michelle Larcher de Brito won the 2007 Orange Bowl a week ago, defeating American Melanie Oudin, 7-5, 6-3. Prior to the final, Oudin had dropped only one set--to Urzula Radwanska--during the prestigious tournament, she was on a 26-match win streak, and was a favorite to win the Orange Bowl.

Larcher de Brito, who made her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings debut this year, was, at age twelve, the youngest player to win the Eddie Herr International title. Fans can watch de Brito on television during the summer; she plays World Team Tennis for the Sacramento Capitals.