Haitian-American Victoria Duval is shining bright like a diamond at the US Open… See how they’re claiming her? Let her do something wrong, she’ll once again be “the Haitian.”
NEW YORK — The voice is tiny. But there is nothing small about American Victoria Duval’s first Grand Slam win.
The 17-year-old qualifier ranked No. 296 pulled off the biggest upset of the 2013 U.S. Open with a come-from-behind victory against 2011 champion Samantha Stosur on Tuesday.
Trailing by a set and a break at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Duval showed poise beyond her years by hanging with the No. 11 seed from Australia.
When she cracked a crosscourt forehand winner on her fourth match point to close out the 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 first-round contest she hopped in the air with her arms extended as the partisan crowd erupted into cheers.
"I know she didn’t play her best today, but this is the best I’ve played in my career," Duval said shortly after in an on-court interview.
Born in Miami but raised in Haiti till age 8, Duval culminated a promising junior career by winning last year’s USTA 18-and-under girls’ championships to earn a wild card into the U.S. Open.