Haitian-American Victoria Duval survived kidnapping to win first round US Open tennis tournament

The young Haitian-American Victoria Duval pulled quite an upset Yesterday (August 27, 2013) at the U.S. Open.


She defeated the 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in the US Open first round tennis tournament. Ranked at No.296, Duval scored a 5-7 6-4 6-4 win against the 11th- Australian. This is actually, her first grand slam victory.

This victory by the 17 year old Haitian-American Victoria Duval over the 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in the US Open is quite remarkable but it gets even more interesting. She had two major ordeals that she already coped with. She experienced the terror of being held hostage by a kidnap gang and almost losing her father in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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Victoria Duval was born on November 30, 1995 in Miami, but spent much of her childhood in Haiti, including time training at the JOTAC Tennis Academy in Port-au-Prince. She moved back to th Us at the age of eight in Atlanta. Victoria Duval is a right-handed tennis player. 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.

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Fermilien Francy says...

vicky congratulation to you i was really proud in the stadium to support you.i hope u don't change your name and say you are american now be proud fo your father and your nation as well.keep going, practice every day, you will see the sun shine with haitian flag cover your

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Arlene says...

Awesome story, lovely family, I believe Vickie will continue to win championships, she's a natural at tennis.

Another beauty about Haiti.

God bless u cherie.

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