DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP/KPIX 5) — Atherton’s Catherine “CiCi” Bellis captured her first career Top 10 win on Wednesday when she upset sixth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
“It’s definitely, obviously, the biggest win of my career, and probably one of the best days of my life,” Bellis said.
The 17-year-old Bellis, ranked 70th, had lost her previous four matches against top 10 opponents.
Bellis is one of two teenagers in the quarterfinals with 19-year-old Ana Konjuh of Croatia beating eighth-seeded Elena Vesnina of Russia 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Bellis led 2-0 in the third set before fourth-seeded Radwanska rebounded to 2-2. The Pole faded afterward with Bellis clinching 16 of the last 22 points.
“I think in the second set she started playing a little bit better,” Bellis said. “I went off a little bit. I think I was going for a little bit too much.”
Bellis will play the winner of the third-round match between 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and Kateryna Bondarenko.
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