Bellis wins Girls' 18 Nationals, earns 2014 US Open wild card

August 9, 2014 03:33 PM

By Nicholas J. Walz,

Fifteen-year old CiCi Bellis, of Atherton, Calif., won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship Saturday to earn a wild card into the main draw of the US Open. She defeated 16-year-old Tornado Alicia Black, of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-1, in the final at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

Bellis, the No. 2-ranked junior in the world, is the youngest USTA Girls’ 18s national champion since Lindsay Davenport also won it at 15 in 1991. Earlier this year she swept the titles at the Easter Bowl and International Spring Championships.

Black reached the final of the US Open Junior Championships a year ago.

Last year, USTA Girls’ 18s national champion Sachia Vickery advanced to the second round of the US Open, becoming the first USTA Girl's 18s champ to do so since Christina McHale in 2009.

For the Girls’ 16s crown, Kylie McKenzie, of Anthem, Ariz., beat Kayla Day, of Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-1, 6-4, to earn a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships main draw. Miami’s Adriana Reami and Taylor Russo, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., won the Girls’ 16s doubles title.

Caty McNally, the sister of USTA Boys' 16s winner John McNally, swept the Girls’ 14s singles and doubles titles.
USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, July 31-August 9
Singles: (2) CiCi Bellis, Atherton, Calif., d. (5) Tornado Alicia Black, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles: (1) Louisa Chirico, Harrison, N.Y., and Katerina Stewart, Coral Gables, Fla., d. (6) Josie Kuhlman, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Cary, N.C., 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
USTA Girls’ 16s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, July 31-August 9
Singles: (9) Kylie McKenzie, Anthem, Ariz., d. (2) Kayla Day, Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles: (3) Adriana Reami, Miami, and Taylor Russo, Deerfield Beach, Fla., d. (4) Victoria Flores, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Alexandra Sanford, Westerville, Ohio, 6-3, 7-5.
USTA Girls’ 14s National Championships
Metro Tennis Associates, Peachtree City, Ga., August 2-8
Singles: (6) Caty McNally, Cincinnati, d. No. 3 Taylor Johnson, Redondo Beach, Fla., 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles: (1) Caty McNally, Cincinnati, and Nicole Conard, Boca Raton, Fla., d. (9) Dasha Kourkina, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Michelle Sorokko, Douglaston, N.Y., 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
USTA Girls’ 12s National Championships
Windward Lake Club, Alpharetta, Ga., August 2-8
Singles: (1) Katie Volynets, Walnut Creek, Calif., d. (6) Sedona Gallagher, Henderson, Nev., 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles: (9) Rosie Garcia Gross, New York, and Yashna Yellayi, Williamsville, N.Y., d. (4) Chidimma Okpara, Vienna, Va., and Reilly Tran, Dunn Loring, Va., 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.