When Tuesday’s match was over, Bellis ran across the court to hug members of her cheering section. She’s the youngest American to win at the U.S. Open since a 15-year-old Mary Joe Fernandez in 1986.
The seventh-seeded Bouchard routed Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday in the first round of the U.S. Open. The last time she played at a major tournament, the 20-year-old made history: the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final.
The 2008 French Open champion has struggled to get back to that level but finally seems to be inching closer. She returned to the top 10 this month for the first time in more than five years.
The eighth-seeded Murray beat Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 on a steamy Monday. He started cramping in the back of his shoulder early in the third set, then it spread to his forearm.
The Romanian won 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2 on Monday over 20-year-old Danielle Rose Collins. As a sophomore at Virginia, Collins earned a wild card into the U.S. Open with her run to the NCAA title as an unseeded player.
Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic and Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka could meet in one semifinal on the men’s side. Second-seeded Roger Federer and fourth-seeded David Ferrer are in the other half.
French Open runner-up Simona Halep is seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month. She has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
Federer moved up one spot from his No. 3 ranking because 2013 champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the year’s last Grand Slam tournament with an injured right wrist.
The other U.S. Open men’s singles champions who did not return to the field the following year were Ken Rosewall in 1971, Pete Sampras in 2003, and Juan Martin del Potro in 2010.
Serena Williams earned a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday to reach the final of the Western & Southern Open.
Venus Williams defeated Serena 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 Saturday for the first win against her sister in more than five years and advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup.
On Sunday, Milos Raonic beat Vasek Pospisil in the first all-Canadian men’s final in ATP history. In doing so, Raonic capped off a nearly flawless week at the FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.