“After that big win versus Cibulkova two and a half years ago, it would have been really easy to take a bunch of big wild cards,

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“After that big win versus Cibulkova two and a half years ago, it would have been really easy to take a bunch of big wild cards,
but instead she went through the process of playing 25s and 50s and 75s,” said Blackman, referring to the lower-level professional tournaments.
“I think there’s the same excitement about a young American player who works the point,” Javer said.
“When the big women go big, they will take lots of time away from themselves, and that’s when CiCi is going to hurt them,” Blackman said.
For CiCi Bellis, a Rising Teenage Star, What a Difference a Year Makes –
ORLANDO, Fla. — CiCi Bellis, who, at 17, is by far the youngest player in the top 100, has already proved she can rise to the
occasion on a tennis court, beating leading players like Dominika Cibulkova and, just last month, Agnieszka Radwanska.
They provided everything, and we spent a lot of time together, and I don’t think in all those years that CiCi ever said she didn’t want to be there.”
She compares Bellis’s versatile style of play to one of tennis’s ultimate wunderkinds:
Jennifer Capriati, who was 5 feet 7 and reaching Grand Slam semifinals at 14.
“From Day 1, she wanted to go to Wimbledon, and I mean Day 1,” said Monique Javer, Bellis’s childhood coach in Hillsborough, Calif.
“There are a handful of players who are going to overpower her right now,
but by the end of the year I wouldn’t be surprised if she was top 20,” said Chris Evert, who has been mentoring Bellis through a U. S.T.

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