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Atherton's Bellis reaches quarterfinals at Bank of West

CiCi Bellis is all smiles after her win on Thursday. Photo by Harjanto Sumali.

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis feels right at home at Stanford and not because she grew up a few minutes north of the University.

The courts seem to adjust to her game rather than the other way around. It's a comfort level like nowhere else.

It's one way to explain her sudden and permanent turnaround in Bellis' 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay on Thursday morning.

Down 1-5 in the first set, Bellis put herself into hyper speed and won five straight en route to the tiebreaker win.

The eighth-seeded Bellis won 11 of the final 14 games after falling behind.

She'll play former world No.1 Petra Kvitova in Friday night's quarterfinals.

All eight seeds advanced into the quarterfinals, a rare occurrence.

The second-seeded Kvitova topped Kateryna Bondarenko in another second-round match of the Bank of the West.

No. 4 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also advanced with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Alison Riske.

Pavlyuchenkova, who ended her match on consceutive aces, meets sixth-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe, who ousted Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs, 6-0, 6-2.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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