Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bellis, 18, loses to Garcia in Toronto

   CiCi Bellis' run in the Rogers Cup in Toronto ended today with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Caroline Garcia of France in the third round.
   The 18-year-old Bellis, who grew up in Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area, had defeated 35th-ranked Julia Goerges of Germany and eighth-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.
   Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam singles champion, was the second top-10 player Bellis has beaten. She knocked off then-No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round at Dubai in February.
   Bellis, the youngest player in the top 40, will improve approximately three places to No. 33. She could be seeded in the U.S. Open, Aug. 28-Sept. 10, after reaching the third round at Flushing Meadows as a qualifier last year. Bellis then turned pro.
   Garcia, five years older than Bellis and ranked 21st, will play second-ranked Simona Halep in the quarterfinals.

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