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Haitian-American Upset At The U.S. Open

Victoria Duval played the match of her life on Aug. 27, 2013 at the US Open. (Hayden Roger Celestin/NAN image)

News Americas, FLUSHING, NY, Tues. Aug. 27, 2013: Haitian-American teen Victoria Duval caused the biggest upset at the U.S. Open to date Tuesday when she trounced former champion, Samantha Stosur, to push into the second round of the competition.

Duval played a poised and confident match to oust the veteran Australian in a three-set thriller, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Celebration after the win. (Hayden Roger Celestin/NAN image)

In commenting on the win after, the teen with a tiny voice called it “a big moment,” adding with a big smile: “So happy I did it.”

The win came just a year after she came to the US Open as the winner of the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships. Then she fell to three-time champion Kim Clijsters in Clijsters’ final professional tournament.

Victoria Duval. (Hayden Roger Celestin/NAN image)

But a year older, Duval qualified for the main draw and this time as the fans rallied behind her at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, the result, was wholly different.
As for Duval she insisted she felt “a lot of different emotions” after the match.

“Mostly happiness,” she said. “I think I played amazing today. It was incredible. The whole match was just really an incredible match and I’m happy I pulled through.”

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.