Tuesday, June 3, 2014

No. 2 seed Bellis falls in French Open junior girls

CiCi Bellis, shown in 2012, lost to Marketa
Vondrousova in the third round of the French
Open juniors. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Second-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area lost to her doubles partner, unseeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, 6-0, 6-4 today in the third round of the French Open junior girls event in Paris.
   Vondrousova, a 14-year-old left-hander, has won all six of her singles sets in the tournament while dropping only 11 games. She overwhelmed 14th-seeded Anna Bondar, 17, of Hungary 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.
   Bellis, the third-ranked junior in the world at 15 years old, had lost a maximum of three games in a set in her two previous matches.
   The seventh-seeded team of Bellis and Vondrousova is scheduled to play Katarina Jokic of Serbia and Helen Ploskina of Ukraine on Wednesday in the second round of junior girls doubles.
   With half of the second round still to be played, only one other seeded team remains alive. No. 4 Naiktha Bains of Australia and Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., nipped Tereza Mihalikova and Rebecca Sramkova of Slovakia 7-6 (5), 2-6 [10-7] in the bottom half to earn a quarterfinal berth.

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