Bellis at the 2016 US Open
|Full name||Catherine Cartan Bellis|
|Country (sports)||United States|
April 8, 1999|
San Francisco, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Turned pro||September 13, 2016|
|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 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, and was declared 2014 ITF Junior World Champion.
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.
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.
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. 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. Bellis was unable to win her next match, losing in three sets to 20 year old Zarina Diyas in round two.
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.
Singles: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||1.||November 27, 2016||Hawaii Tennis Open, Honolulu, United States||Hard||Zhang Shuai||6–4, 6–2|
ITF finals (8–1)
|Winner||1.||October 6, 2014||Rock Hill, United States||Hard||Lauren Embree||6–4, 6–0|
|Winner||2.||October 13, 2014||Florence, United States||Hard||Ysaline Bonaventure||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||3.||February 23, 2015||Rancho Santa Fe, United States||Hard||Maria Sanchez||6–2, 6–0|
|Runner-up||1.||February 15, 2016||Surprise, United States||Hard||Jamie Loeb||6–3, 1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||4.||June 13, 2016||Sumter, United States||Hard||Valeria Solovyeva||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||October 17, 2016||Saguenay, Canada||Hard (i)||Bianca Andreescu||6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||November 6, 2016||Toronto, Canada||Hard (i)||Jesika Malečková||6–2, 1–6, 6–3|
|Winner||1.||March 10, 2014||Orlando, United States||Clay||Alexis Nelson|| Sally Peers
|6–2, 0–6, [11–9]|
|Winner||2.||February 1, 2016||Midland, United States||Hard (i)||Ingrid Neel|| Naomi Broady
Grand Slam performance timeline
|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%|
Junior Grand Slam finals
|Runner-up||2014||French Open||Clay||Markéta Vondroušová|| Ioana Ducu
Ioana Loredana Roșca
|1–6, 7–5, [9–11]|
- Wilansky, Matt (September 13, 2016). "American CiCi Bellis, 17, turns professional". ESPN. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
- CiCi Bellis at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
- Nguyen, Courtney (August 26, 2014). "What you need to know about Catherine 'CiCi' Bellis". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
- Walz, Nicholas J. (August 9, 2014). "Bellis wins Girls' 18 Nationals, earns 2014 US Open wild card". USTA. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
- Newbery, Piers (August 26, 2014). "US Open 2014: CiCi Bellis, 15, stuns Dominika Cibulkova". BBC Sport. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
- Newbery, Piers (August 29, 2014). "CiCi Bellis's US Open run captures American imagination". BBC Sport. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
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