CiCi Bellis

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CiCi Bellis
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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 (age 18)
San Francisco, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Turned pro September 13, 2016[1]
Prize money $729,014
Singles
Career record 100–44 (69.44%)
Career titles 1 WTA 125K, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 35 (August 14, 2017)
Current ranking No. 36 (August 21, 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (2017)
Wimbledon 1R (2017)
US Open 3R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 17-15
Career titles 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 161 (July 17, 2017)
Current ranking No. 161 (July 31, 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (2017)
Last updated on: July 6, 2017.

Catherine Cartan "CiCi" Bellis (born April 8, 1999) is an American professional 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 August 14, 2017, she reached her best singles ranking of world no. 35. On July 17, 2017, she peaked at world number 161 in the doubles rankings.

Bellis was ranked the no. 1 junior tennis player in the world in September 2014,[2] and was declared 2014 ITF Junior World Champion.

Junior career[edit]

Bellis in 2013

Bellis had an accomplished junior career in the United States winning five USTA National Junior Singles Championships and was ranked no. 1 in the US G18s in April 2014.

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 2014 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 in September. She finished the year ranked no. 1 and was named the 2014 ITF Junior World Champion.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In the first round of the 2014 US Open, Bellis, ranked 1208 and playing in only her 13th professional match, upset the 12th 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, WTA 125K title[edit]

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 the eventual champion 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 14 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.

2017: Top 50[edit]

Bellis was due to participate in tournaments in Australia at the beginning of the year, but was sidelined for all of January because of a hamstring injury. She began her season in February at the Qatar Open, where she lost in the second round of qualifying to Zheng Saisai. The following week, she participated in the Dubai Championships, where she was placed in the main draw. Bellis defeated 17th seed Yulia Putintseva and Laura Siegemund, both in straight sets, to reach the third round. There, she defeated 2012 champion and former world number 2 Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets to reach the quarterfinals. The win marked Bellis' first top 10 victory, as well as her first progression into the quarterfinals of a Premier 5 tournament. She then lost to former world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets, but achieved a career high ranking of 56 after the tournament.

WTA 125K finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

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)[edit]

Singles (6–1)[edit]

Legend
$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)[edit]

Legend
$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

Top 10 wins[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2017
1. Poland Agnieszka Radwanska No. 6 Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, UAE Hard 3rd Round 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
2. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 8 Rogers Cup, Toronto, Canada Hard 2nd Round 6–4, 7–5

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) 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.
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A Q1 A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Wimbledon A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open 2R Q3 3R 1R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Win–Loss 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–3 0 / 5 5–5 50%
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells Masters A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Miami Open A 3R 1R A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Madrid Open A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
China Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open A A A QF 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Italian Open A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Canadian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Wuhan Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Career Statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 2–2 6–4 0–0 9–8
Year-end Ranking 257 248 75 56%

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Girls' Doubles[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b 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. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Switzerland Belinda Bencic
ITF Junior World Champion
2014
Succeeded by
Hungary Dalma Gálfi