8/26/2014 5:48 PM
American Bellis, 15, upsets Cibulkova at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — American teen CiCi Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996 — almost three years before she was born — when she stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova.
The 15-year-old Bellis rallied from down a break in the third set for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 first-round victory Tuesday over the 12th-seeded Cibulkova. With an overflow crowd at a cozy side court roaring, she broke Cibulkova's serve to clinch the match.
Bellis won the USTA Girls' 18s National Championship to earn a wild card into her first tour-level main draw. The Californian was the youngest champion of that event since Lindsay Davenport also won it at 15 in 1991. Anna Kournikova won as a 15-year-old at the U.S. Open in 1996.
When Tuesday's match was over, Bellis ran across the court to hug members of her cheering section.
(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights
reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)