Beatrice Capra is an 18-year-old American ranked 371st who reached the third round of the US Open with victories over Karolina Sprem in the first round, her first Top 100 win, and seed No.18 Aravane Rezai in the second round, her first Top 20 win. The victories made Capra an instant celebrity, at least according to Yahoo, as she was ranked third in their trending box Friday morning.
Capra is playing her first senior Grand Slam. She won the US Wild Card Playoffs and thus entered the main draw. She trains at the Evert Academy and Chris Evert has been her mentor.
Seed No.14 and 2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova will be Capra’s opponent in the third round. American Melanie Oudin also faced Sharapova in the third round of her surprising run to the 2009 US Open quarterfinals.