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Gone for now, but Larcher de Brito won't be forgotten

Teen phenom Michelle Larcher de Brito could follow fellow Bollettieri protégés Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova to the top, but we'll have only a brief glimpse of her -- for now.

Updated: March 30, 2007, 2:09 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Michelle Larcher de Brito went from playing on Stadium Court to being a spectator on an outer court at the Sony Ericsson Open within the space of a few days. It's a psychic journey the promising 14-year-old Portugal-born, Florida-raised player will be getting to know very well.

The compact 5-foot-5, cherubic-faced Larcher de Brito, who turned pro after her birthday in January, is the walking, talking, baseline-bashing embodiment of tennis' global economy. Her father ...

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