Rising CiCi

September 08, 2014

The teen queen of the courts at the U.S. Open in New York City last week was Cici Bellis (FACES IN THE CROWD, Oct. 10, 2011), a homeschooled sophomore from Atherton, Calif., who at 15 years and 152 days became the youngest player to win an Open match since Anna Kournikova in 1996. The No. 2--ranked junior in the world, she upset 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkovà of Slovakia 6--1, 4--6, 6--4 in the first round, before falling to Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas 6--3, 0--6, 6--2. Bellis earned her wild-card entry to the Open when she became the youngest player since Lindsay Davenport to win the USTA Girls' 18-and-under national championship last month. "This whole experience has been unbelievable," she said after her loss. "People saying I'm going to be the future of American tennis, I mean, that's what I've wanted to be since I was a little kid."

PHOTOSTREETER LECKA/GETTY IMAGES (BELLIS)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)