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CiCi Bellis' teenage tennis success put in perspective by Pam Shriver
CiCi Bellis' teenage tennis success put in perspective by Pam Shriver

There was one especially understanding observer to the two-day CiCi Bellis sensation at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Pam Shriver had been there, done that. Certainly, when 15-year-old Bellis of Atherton, Calif., lost in three sets Thursday night to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2, Shriver was watching somewhere, feeling empathy. It was 1978. Shriver had just turned 16 — “I was a Fourth-of-July baby” — and was about to make the kind of run in the U.S. Open that shows the upheaval here and in the media over Bellis’ first-round victory to be both shallow and overdone. Hours before Bellis was to take the court Thursday, Shriver articulated the...

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