Tennis - Teenagers Bellis, Coric gatecrash US Open

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Tennis - Teenagers Bellis, Coric gatecrash US Open
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Catherine Bellis of the United States celebrates after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/STREETER LECKA)

- Teenage upstarts Cici Bellis, ranked at 1,208, and Borna Coric, the men's number 204, made stunning Grand Slam debuts on Tuesday, rocking the sleepy US Open out of its early slumbers.

Wildcard Bellis, just 15, caused the biggest upset when she knocked out Australian Open runner-up, Dominika Cibulkova, the 12th seed, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to become the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

The American under-18 champion was making her WTA Tour debut and had never before met a player the top 100.

Qualifier Coric, 17, celebrated his first Grand Slam match with a convincing 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over 29th-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol, the man who beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon two years ago.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Coric.

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