15-Year-Old CiCi Bellis Takes the US Open by Storm
Yesterday afternoon, 15-year-old CiCi Bellis, ranked No. 1,208 in the world, delivered one of the biggest upsets the US Open has seen in years by knocking off No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova, a finalist at the 2014 Australian Open.
Bellis is the youngest woman (and I use “woman” lightly, since she’s really just a girl) to win a US Open match since Anna Kournikova in 1996, when Bill Clinton was President. And she’s the youngest American to win a US Open match since Mary Joe Fernandez back in 1986, when Ronald Reagan was President.
However, if that’s not enough perspective for you, try this: the top women’s seed at the 2014 US Open is Serena Williams, and Bellis was just five months old when Williams won her first US Open in 1999.
So how did a 15-year-old ranked No. 1,208 in the world even get into the US Open? By winning the USTA 18-and-Under Nationals. That win was a big deal, too, because Bellis was the youngest Nationals champ since Lindsay Davenport in 1991, and because it pushed her to No. 2 in the world junior rankings.
Will Bellis win her second round match against Zarina Diyas? Maybe, maybe not. Either way she’s going to jump at least 800 spots in the world rankings. And you can bet this time Open officials will put her on one of their eight TV courts.
Hat Tip – [For the Win]