I have to admit something. Even when some of my favorite players lose or are upset, as Ana Ivanovic was on day 4 of the 2014 US Open, I usually don’t feel as badly as I did watching 15-year old CiCi Bellis fall to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 6-3 0-6 6-2. I was caught up in the fanfare surrounding a potentially bright new star in the tennis sky. After losing the first set, CiCi won 7 games in a row, in the process dropping a second set bagel on Diyas, before the young American fell short of shocking another higher ranked player. Sure, I could break down CiCi’s flaws in this match, but for crying out loud, she’s 15! No matter what happened, after beating the 12th seeded Dominika Cibulkova and then taking up and coming Diyas to 3 sets, CiCi is a winner in my book. I am just happy to have seen the inception of a possible future great career.
Another young ingenue of tennis, Eugenie Bouchard, escaped a valiant upset bid by Sorana Cirstea. Genie has been a little shaky since Wimbledon, but she comes alive in the big events. Playing the evening session on Arthur Ashe for the first time, she gutted it out when it counted, edging out Cirstea, 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-4. With Genie’s win, the possibility of a Wimbledon final rematch in the US Open quarters remains alive as Petra Kvitova won the battle of Czech Petras by taking out countrywoman Petra Cetkovska, 6-4 6-2. There is still work to do for each player to have that dream quarter come to fruition. But so far, so good.
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CICI BELLIS (lost 3-6 6-0 2-6 vs Zarina Diyas)
1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-1 6-0 vs Vania King)
3 PETRA KVITOVA (won 6-4 6-2 vs Petra Cetkovska)
7 EUGENIE BOUCHARD (won 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-4 vs Sorana Cirstea)
KAROLINA PLISKOVA (won 7-5 6-4 vs 8 Ana Ivanovic)