Seventeen-year-old Haitian-American Victoria Duval won the final two sets after dropping the first to defeat former US Open champion Australian Samantha Stosur, in the biggest upset of the US Open so far.
With a partisan Flushing Meadows crowd pulling for her, the diminutive 5-foot-10 Duval, who at times showed her age and inexperience, accomplished the biggest win of her career.
Duval who was beaten in straight sets by Kim Clijsters in her debut last year at Flushing Meadows, won today by beating Australia’s Stosur, in the opening round of play, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for her first US Open victory.
Although Victoria was born in Florida both her parents are from Haiti. Her father Jean-Maurice, who flew in from Canada to support her was injured in the 2010 earthquake while helping to run a medical clinic while Victoria trained in the United States. He was buried alive for hours by the quake, and has had a difficult recovery since.
As for Victoria, she also suffered a traumatic experience in Haiti, having been a victim in a violent robbery that turned into a hostage situation. But today it was all smiles as the teenager basked in her victorious moment.