CiCi Bellis

CiCi Bellis

Bellis at the 2016 US Open
Full name Catherine Cartan Bellis
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Atherton, California
Born (1999-04-08) April 8, 1999
San Francisco, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Turned pro September 13, 2016[1]
Prize money $354,922
Career record 75–35
Career titles 1 WTA 125K, 6 ITF
Highest ranking 75 (November 28, 2016)
Current ranking 75 (November 28, 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open Q1 (2015)
US Open 3R (2016)
Career record 17–15
Career titles 2 ITF
Highest ranking 243 (September 12, 2016)
Current ranking 249 (November 28, 2016)
Last updated on: November 28, 2016.

Catherine Cartan "CiCi" Bellis (born April 8, 1999) is an American tennis player.

Bellis has won one singles title on the WTA tour and six singles and two doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On November 28, 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 75. On September 12, 2016, she peaked at world number 243 in the doubles rankings.

Bellis was ranked the number one junior tennis player in the world in September 2014,[2] and was declared 2014 ITF Junior World Champion.

Junior career

Bellis in 2013

In August 2014, Bellis won the USTA Girls 18's National Championship, defeating Tornado Alicia Black in the final in straight sets. With this victory, she became the youngest winner of the event (at 15 years, 4 months) since Lindsay Davenport in 1991, and also earned a wild card into the main draw of the 2014 US Open.[3][4]

Bellis's ITF junior season was highlighted by winning the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio and the Grade B1 Easter Bowl tournaments, victories that helped propel her to the number one ranking in the girls' juniors. She finished the year ranked No. 1 to become the 2014 ITF Junior World Champion.

Professional career

Early years

In the first round of the 2014 US Open, Bellis upset number 13 seed Dominika Cibulková, the runner-up at the Australian Open earlier in the year, to become the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova won at age 15 in 1996.[5] She was the youngest American to win a match at the US Open since Mary Joe Fernández in 1986, the youngest woman in the main draw of a Grand Slam since Alizé Cornet at the 2005 French Open, and the youngest in the main draw of the US Open since 2004.[3] Bellis was unable to win her next match, losing in three sets to 20 year old Zarina Diyas in round two.[6]

In 2015, Bellis received a wildcard into the main draw of the WTA Premier Mandatory tournament in Miami. She beat Indy De Vroome in the first round before avenging her US Open loss against Diyas in the second round. In the third round, she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams.

2016: Top 100, First WTA title

In the summer of 2016, Bellis received a wild card into the 2016 Bank of the West Classic Premier tournament, where she defeated Jeļena Ostapenko and Sachia Vickery en route to reaching her first WTA singles quarterfinal, before losing to top seed Venus Williams. The following month, she returned to the main draw of the US Open, this time as a qualifier. She beat Viktorija Golubic and Shelby Rogers to reach the third round for the first time in her career, where she lost to world number 2 Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

After her performance at the US Open, Bellis turned professional. In her first tournament as a pro, Bellis entered the Coupe Banque Nationale and reached her second career WTA quarterfinal after wins over Amandine Hesse and Danielle Lao. She was eventually defeated by compatriot Julia Boserup.

Towards the end of the season, Bellis caught fire and won her final three tournaments of the year. This included two ITF 50K events at Saguenay over Bianca Andreescu and at Toronto against Jesika Malečková. With these victories, she moved into the Top 100 for the first time. Bellis then proceeded to extend her match win streak to 15 by winning her first WTA event at the Hawaii Tennis Open in Honolulu. She capped off the tournament with a huge win in the final over world number 23 Zhang Shuai. Bellis finished the year ranked No. 75 and the only player under 18 in the Top 100.

WTA finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–0)
WTA 125K series (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. November 27, 2016 Hawaii Tennis Open, Honolulu, United States Hard China Zhang Shuai 6–4, 6–2

ITF finals (8–1)

Singles (6–1)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. October 6, 2014 Rock Hill, United States Hard United States Lauren Embree 6–4, 6–0
Winner 2. October 13, 2014 Florence, United States Hard Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure 6–2, 6–1
Winner 3. February 23, 2015 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard United States Maria Sanchez 6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 1. February 15, 2016 Surprise, United States Hard United States Jamie Loeb 6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 4. June 13, 2016 Sumter, United States Hard Russia Valeria Solovyeva 6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. October 17, 2016 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Canada Bianca Andreescu 6–4, 6–2
Winner 6. November 6, 2016 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Czech Republic Jesika Malečková 6–2, 1–6, 6–3

Doubles (2–0)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. March 10, 2014 Orlando, United States Clay United States Alexis Nelson Australia Sally Peers
United States Natalie Pluskota
6–2, 0–6, [11–9]
Winner 2. February 1, 2016 Midland, United States Hard (i) United States Ingrid Neel United Kingdom Naomi Broady
United States Shelby Rogers
6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam performance timeline

(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Tournament201420152016SRW–LWin %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
French Open A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Wimbledon A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
US Open 2R Q3 3R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Win–Loss 1–1 0–0 2–1 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0%
Year-end Ranking 257 248 $354,922

Junior Grand Slam finals

Girls' Doubles

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2014 French Open Clay Czech Republic Markéta Vondroušová Romania Ioana Ducu
Romania Ioana Loredana Roșca
1–6, 7–5, [9–11]


  1. Wilansky, Matt (September 13, 2016). "American CiCi Bellis, 17, turns professional". ESPN. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  2. CiCi Bellis at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
  3. 1 2 Nguyen, Courtney (August 26, 2014). "What you need to know about Catherine 'CiCi' Bellis". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  4. Walz, Nicholas J. (August 9, 2014). "Bellis wins Girls' 18 Nationals, earns 2014 US Open wild card". USTA. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  5. Newbery, Piers (August 26, 2014). "US Open 2014: CiCi Bellis, 15, stuns Dominika Cibulkova". BBC Sport. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  6. Newbery, Piers (August 29, 2014). "CiCi Bellis's US Open run captures American imagination". BBC Sport. Retrieved October 2, 2014.

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Preceded by
Switzerland Belinda Bencic
ITF Junior World Champion
Succeeded by
Hungary Dalma Gálfi
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