"I think ranking really doesn't matter," Bellis said. "Anybody can beat anybody on any given day."
So anxious was the giggly teenager that she watched the entire fourth set of the five-set men's match that preceded hers on Court 17 between Tommy Robredo and Simone Bolelli. Most of the other viewers had begun gathering in the morning to grab one of the 2,800 seats for a match that was anticipated to start in the late afternoon but didn't begin until 8 p.m. ET.
Outside the court -- as Bellis paced, listened to music and chatted with a friend during the men's fifth set -- a line of fans hoping to get close enough to see or grab an open seat stretched throughout the grounds.
"This whole experience has been unbelievable, like mind-blowing," she said. "It's been crazy. It's been like the best couple days of my life."