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