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Teen Sensation Bellis Begins Quest For US Open Junior Crown With Rout

Fresh Off Winning A Match In Main Draw, Top Seed Plays On Grandstand Court
Catherine Bellis of the United States returns a shot against Renata Zarazua of Mexico during their junior girls' first round match at the US Open.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Catherine Bellis of the United States returns a shot against Renata Zarazua of Mexico during their junior girls’ first round match at the US Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The darling of the U.S. Open, 15-year-old CiCi Bellis, opened her pursuit of the junior girls’ crown with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mexico’s Renata Zarazua.

Bellis, the top-seeded girl, was never threatened. During one point, Zarazua’s racket flew from her hand and she playfully tried to keep hitting the ball with her bare hand.

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Bellis played on the grandstand court, Flushing Meadows’ third-largest venue, to accommodate her following after her performance in the main draw.

She became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996 with her first-round upset of 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, the Australian Open runner-up. Fans waited in line for hours to see her play her second-round match, which the 1,208th-ranked Bellis lost in three sets to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.

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