Catherine Cartan «CiCi» Bellis is an American professional tennis player, who was the second-youngest player in the top 100 of the WTA rankings in 2018 and has a career-high of No 35, which she achieved in August 2017. Catherine Bellis is known for winning a match at the 2014 US Open as a 15-year-old against a top-20 opponent, making her the youngest match-winner at the US Open since 1996. CiCi Bellis had won 7 ITF and 1 WTA title, while her top achievements at the Grand Slam are the third round of the Australian Open in 2020, the US Open in 2016, and the French Open / Roland Garros in 2017.
Catherine Bellis was born on April 8, 1999, in San Francisco, California, United States. She started playing tennis at age three. As a junior in the United States, Bellis won five USTA National Junior Singles Championships and was ranked No 1 in the G18s in April 2014.
Catherine Bellis started her professional tennis career in 2014, when took part in her first ITF tournaments – $25,000 W25 Rancho Santa Fe, CA and $25,000 W25 Surprise, AZ. However, she lost in the first round of both due to her young age. However, she played at the US Open later the same year and defeated Dominika Cibulkova in the first round, but lost from Zarina Diyas in the second. By the end of the year, Catherine Bellis won her first ITF trophies at $25,000 Rock Hill, SC and $25,000 Florence, SC.
In 2015, CiCi Bellis won another trophy at the $25,000 W25 Rancho Santa Fe, CA, before debuting in the WTA tour. She made a breakthrough reaching the third round of WTA 1000 Miami Open, eliminating Indy De Vroome and Zarina Diyas, and being defeated by Serena Williams.
The next year was not so successful for her, but she reached the finals of $25,000 W25 Surprise, AZ, and won $25,000 W25 Sumter, SC. Catherine Bellis reached the third round of WTA 500 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford and the US Open. She won another two ITF trophies at $50,000 W60 Saguenay and $50,000 W60 Toronto, before winning her first WTA title at WTA 125 Hawaii Open. These victories climbed her to Top 100 and she finished the year at world’s No 75.
In 2017, CiCi Bellis settled at the top of the world’s tennis. She reached the quarter-finals of the WTA 1000 Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, as well as the third round of French Open / Roland Garros. In the middle of the year she climbed to No 35, but later did not perform as strong as expected and fell outside the Top 50.
In 2018, Catherine Bellis played entirely at the WTA tour and reached the quarter-finals of the WTA 1000 Qatar Total Open. Reoccurring wrist and elbow injuries sidelined Bellis after March. Her ranking fell, leaving the Top 100.
CiCi Bellis returned to tennis in November 2019 at the WTA 125 Houston Challenger after 18 months away from the game while she recovered from injuries and reached the third round. Despite a long time outside the sports, she made a good performance at the Australian Open 2020, reaching the third round. Later during the year, she won another ITF trophy at $80,000 W80 Macon, GA.