CiCi Bellis must forfeit $140,000 US Open prize money despite another win
02:05, Monday, 03 October, 2016
It’s been two years since a 15-year-old unknown named Catherine Cartan ‘CiCi’ Bellis stunned 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova to become the youngest girl in nearly two decades to make it past the first round at the US Open. That result made the Californian an overnight sensation and prompted fans to queue for hours for her second-round match, where a charmed run that had started in qualifying ended in three sets. Bellis, who has given a verbal commitment to play at Stanford University, earned $140,000 in prize money with Wednesday’s win, a windfall she must forfeit to maintain her college eligibility.