Friday, December 13, 2013

Bellis, 14, gains doubles quarters in Orange Bowl

   Northern California has one player left in the Orange Bowl.
   And she might not last much longer in the prestigious junior tournament.
   CiCi Bellis, 14, of Atherton and Katerina Stewart of Miami trounced Gabriella Castaneda of Miramar, Fla., and Lana Rush of Great Britain 6-2, 6-1 Thursday to reach the doubles quarterfinals of the girls 18s on clay in Plantation, Fla.
   Bellis and Stewart will meet top-seeded Varvara Flink of Russia and Ivana Jorovic of Serbia today. Flink and Jorovic advanced with a 4-6, 6-3 [10-4] victory over Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills and Anna Bondar of Hungary.
   Atherton and Los Altos Hills are located near Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay Area.
   The Orange Bowl features many of the world's top juniors. The tournament was played on clay from 1947 through 1997 and hardcourt from 1998 through 2010 before returning to clay.
   Past champions include Chris Evert (1969-70), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Roger Federer (1998) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005). 
   The Junior Orange Bowl, for boys and girls 14s and 12s, is scheduled for Saturday through Dec. 23 in Coral Gables, Fla.

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