The fact that the 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova lost today in the first round to Marina Erakovic was big news, but it was surpassed in importance when super young American wildcard Catherine CiCi Bellis stunned twelfth seed and this year’s Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, 6-1 4-6 6-4, in the opening round of the US Open.
Bellis is a 15-year-old and, she was born in 1999!
Bellis is ranked number 1,208 and this is her Grand Slam debut. Actually, her US Open player profile says that she has zero career matches won and zero matches lost, while her career prize money is just $1,216 USD. Her WTA profile doesn’t even list that she is a pro player, as under status it says “N/A”.
Here’s one photo of CiCi by our photographer Neal Trousdale from last year’s US Open, when she played in juniors competition.