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.
hehe where did you find that pic marija!! she’s really young ! do they still limit number of matches under 18 players play on pro circuit or she can play freely? anyways what a grand debut. But what’sup with domi ? not confident at all these days
and congrats on your article 🙂
Sru, first of all, thank you for your second comment. Regarding the photo, I came across it on Twitter and I retweeted it, I’m not sure who was the original source.
Here are the rules that apply for players that are 15, I found them on the WTA site:
(i) A maximum of ten (10) Professional Tennis
(ii) The WTA Championships (if she qualifies); plus
(iii) Fed Cup (any level of competition).
thnx for the info marija 🙂 btw do you like jj’s new hair style 😀 and your picks for this year’s us open ?
Sru, JJ’s hairstyle, I like the idea, but it could be better 🙂 My pick is, oh well, boring, Serena Williams 😛
hehe you are not the only one picking serena 😉 though it’d be nice to see simona or ana win this slam 🙂
Sru, I’d like JJ to win! 🙂