Wimbledon: Michelle de Brito shocks Sharapova in the second round

The 20-year-old Portuguese tennis player ousted the world’s number 3 in two sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Sport What's New — 27 June 2013 by Eduardo Correia
Wimbledon: Michelle de Brito shocks Sharapova in the second round

Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal returns to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their second round match for the Wimbledon Championships (Photograph: Andy Rain/LUSA)

Michelle de Brito shocked Russian star Maria Sharapova in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, defeating the number 3 in the women’s ATP ranking in two sets, by 6-3 and 6-4.

The Portuguese youngster was not a favourite against Sharapova, a four-time Grand Slam winner and 2004 Wimbledon champion, but ended going stroke-for-stroke with the Russian.

I’m really excited. I really can’t believe it. It’s a little bit of a shock and excitement,” said Michelle de Brito after the match.

Michelle de Brito is playing in the main draw of Wimbledon for the third time and came from the qualifiers, but matched Sharapova by not letting her dictate the pace of the match from the baseline. As Sharapova failed to control the match, de Brito gained momentum.

I think she played extremely well today,” said Maria Sharapova of the 20-year-old Portuguese.

Michelle de Brito’s relentless offence was rewarded in the fourth game when some big hitting, coupled with some errors from Sharapova, granted her a crucial break.

I just tried to stay as focused as possible. I hit more serves, tried to stay pumped up, tried to stay focused and concentrate,” said Michelle de Brito, who is ranked 131st in the women’s ATP.

The Portuguese will face Italian Karin Knapp in the third round.

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