Atherton teenager CiCi Bellis is enjoying the attention from her surprising first-round U.S. Open win.

The 15-year-old Bellis was seemingly everywhere in the media world Wednesday, one day after she upset the world's 13th-ranked player in the first round. Eyes will be on her Thursday when she plays in Round 2 against 20-year-old Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.

Bellis, a home-schooled 10th-grader, doesn't seem too bothered by all the attention.

"I like it," Bellis told the New York Post on Wednesday. "I really like it. But I definitely have to focus and move on from (Tuesday's) match and not think too much about it anymore."

Bellis told reporters she isn't turning pro any time soon. She will reject her winnings from one of the world's richest tournaments, which amounted to $60,420 after her first-round win.

"I think I'm definitely going to stay an amateur right now to keep my options open for college, in case an injury or something happens," Bellis told the London Telegraph. "But I'd love to be a pro one day. I don't really think about it (the prize money). I mean, I try to just focus on the tennis rather than anything else."

Bellis' father, Gordon, told the New York Post that surrendering some $60,000 in winnings is one thing, but ...


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"There are bigger things out there than money," he said. "If she were to win the finals, then we would be having a different discussion." The women's winner of the U.S. Open is expected to pocket nearly $2 million.

Bellis reached the Open as a wild-card entrant, a right she earned by winning the national 18-and-under title nearly three weeks ago in San Diego. She is the youngest player in the draw.

"I love it when people watch me," Bellis told reporters in New York. "It gives me more energy and makes me play better." She's slated to be last up on Court 17 on Thursday.

Win or lose, Bellis will make a big jump in the world rankings. USA Today reports that even with a loss Thursday, Bellis will move up approximately 800 spots to somewhere around 430th. She entered the tournament ranked 1,208th. She is the No. 2-ranked junior in the world.

As her celebrity rises, perhaps Bellis will visit the set of a talk show or two.

"I love Ellen (DeGeneres)," Bellis told reporters. "I think I would want to go on 'Ellen.' "

  • Winners on the women's side included No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Maria Sharapova and No. 19 Venus Williams. No. 21 Sloane Stephens and No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska lost their second-round matches.

  • Stanford's Bob and Mike Bryan, the top seeds, won their opening doubles match over Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.