Catherine Bellis, 15, Stuns Dominika Cibulkova at US Open

Updated: 27 August 2014 10:56 IST

World number 1,208 Cici Bellis knocked out 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to become the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

Catherine Bellis, 15, Stuns Dominika Cibulkova at US Open
Catherine Bellis celebrates after beating Dominika Cibulkova in US Open first round. © AP

New York:

Fifteen-year-old Cici Bellis, the world number 1,208, caused the biggest upset of the US Open on Tuesday when she knocked out Australian Open runner-up, Dominika Cibulkova, the 12th seed.

Bellis defeated the Slovakian 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to become the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

Playing just her 13th pro-level match, the American teenager won a wildcard into the US Open by winning the US under-18 championships.

The home-schooled teenager from the wine-growing Napa Valley in northern California was making her WTA Tour debut and before Tuesday had never met a player ranked inside the top 100.

She will next face either Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas or Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine for a place in the last 32.

Topics : Dominika Cibulkova Tennis
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