08 Apr 1999
Born in San Francisco and homeschooled, Bellis Wwon notable junior titles in 2014, including the 50th Coffee Bowl, USTA International Spring Championships, Easter Bowl and 55° Trofeo Bonfiglio. She secured wildcard for 2014 US Open by winning USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship. She became the youngest Grand Slam main draw participant since Cornet at 2005 Roland Garros (15 years, 133 days), and the youngest main draw participant at the US Open since 2004, shocking Cibulkova in her debut match.
She ended 2015 at World No.248: season highlight was reaching 3r at Miami (l. World No.1 S.Williams). Also granted wildcard into Stanford, falling 1r (l. Doi).
In 2016 she reached her career-first tour-level quarterfinals in Stanford (l. V.Williams) and Québec City (l. Boserup). She also played her first Grand Slam third round at Us Open and had a strong end to the season, as a 15-match winning streak bringing titles at $50k ITF/Saguenay-CAN, $50k ITF/Toronto-CAN and WTA 125K Series event in Honolulu (d. No.23 Zhang in F). She made Top 100 debut on November 7, 2016.
In 2017, by reaching the third round at Roland Garros, she became the third American since the turn of the 21st century to reach this stage in Paris before turning 19 (also Harkleroad, 2003, and Townsend, 2014).
She moved to the quarterfinals in Dubai scoring her first top 10 win over No.6 A.Radwanska in the first round. She became the youngest player to defeat a Top 10 opponent since 2014 US Open (Bencic d. No.7 Kerber and No.10 Jankovic) and the youngest American to do so since 2009 Wimbledon (Oudin d. No.6 Jankovic). She made the semifinals in Mallorca (l. eventual runner-up Goerges) and on home soil at Stanford (l. eventual runner-up Vandeweghe): in the quarterfinal match she dropped only two games against world No.14 Kvitova to earn her fourth Top 20 win. Other highlights included the R16 in Toronto after beating No.8 Kuznetsova in the second round to complete her second career Top 10 win.
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