Michelle Larcher de Brito has reached her second Tier I quarterfinal round, after defeating Flavia Pennetta, 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 in Montreal today. I could not watch the match, so I don't know whether Pennetta's blister played a role, but regardless, the real news is that Larcher de Brito has advanced to a third round in another big event.
The Portuguese player has a 9-9 win-loss record for this season, and is ranked number 169 in the world. If that doesn't impress you, please bear in mind that she is 15 years old, and did not enter the rankings until the end of September last year. Earlier this year, she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open, and she took Serena Williams to three sets in Stanford earlier this month.