Seventeen year old Haitian American Victoria Duval scored her first victory in the main draw of a Grand Slam, and it was an impressive one. She beat 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a stressful battle of nerves.
“I think I played amazing today,” she said. “It was incredible. The whole match was just really an incredible match and I’m happy I pulled through.”
The former US Open champion was on the ropes in the third set, with Duval serving for the match up 5-4. But Stosur fought off two match points before Duval’s forehand winner buried the Aussie.
About Victoria Duval
Victoria Duval (born November 30, 1995) is a Haitian-American professional tennis player. She plays right-handed, with a two-handed backhand. Her career-high singles ranking is no. 285, achieved on May 6, 2013. Her career-high doubles ranking is no. 717 achieved on October 29, 2012. Her coach is Nick Bollettieri. Victoria has already received praise from Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who has issued statements expressing his congratulations to Duval for her accomplishment.
Duval was born in Miami, but spent much of her childhood in Haiti, including time training at the JOTAC Tennis Academy in Port-au-Prince. She lived in Haiti until the age of eight. She also trained at the RCS Tennis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. [WikiPedia]