Catherine Bellis, 15 years old (born in 1999!), upsets Dominika Cibulkova in round one

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, to give you a better perspective on how young that is, she was born in 1999! Or to illustrate it further, below is Bellis just three years ago, in 2011, with Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova.

Catherine Bellis with Sharapova and Hantuchova

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".

Anyway, here's how Bellis looks now. She's grown in the past three years. 🙂

Catherine Bellis

And here's one photo of CiCi by our photographer Neal Trousdale from last year's US Open, when she played in juniors competition.

Catherine Ci Ci Bellis

Additional info: This is a bit unrelated, but I'd like to mention how honored I am for being featured in The New York Times. I wrote a short piece about tennis fashion. I hope you like it! 🙂

7 thoughts on “Catherine Bellis, 15 years old (born in 1999!), upsets Dominika Cibulkova in round one

  1. sru

    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

  2. Marija Post author

    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
    Tournaments; plus
    (ii) The WTA Championships (if she qualifies); plus
    (iii) Fed Cup (any level of competition).

  3. sru

    thnx for the info marija 🙂 btw do you like jj's new hair style 😀 and your picks for this year's us open ?

  4. Marija Post author

    Sru, JJ's hairstyle, I like the idea, but it could be better 🙂 My pick is, oh well, boring, Serena Williams 😛

  5. sru

    hehe you are not the only one picking serena 😉 though it'd be nice to see simona or ana win this slam 🙂

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