Haitian-American Victoria Duval Wins First-Round Match at US Open

At only 17 years old, Victoria Duval, the Haitian American professional player of tennis is off to an impressive start after winning her First-Round Match at the US Open. Her recent victory is a testament to the difference a year can make in a dedicated athlete's life. Just last year, the youngster was disappointed by the loss to Kim Clijsters in straight sets during her first try at the US Open. This time around, she saw her first triumph, over Samantha Stosur of Australia, Champion of The Open in 2011, and Top 15 player, with scores of 5-7, 6-4, and 6-3.


Born in Miami, Victoria Duval lived for years as a child in Haiti, and trained in Port-au-Prince at the JOTAC Tennis Academy. At eight she returned to the States and resumed training at Atlanta's RCS Tennis Academy. With her trainer, Nick Bollettieri, Duval took her right-handed, two-handed backhand technique to her career highs of no. 717 for doubles, achieved in October of 2012, and a ranking of no. 285 for singles in May of 2013.

Described as an upset, Duval's victory over a player with a world ranking of 11 was not an easy one. Both ladies played a vigorous match, but Duval hit her second wind in the middle of her third set, coming up from behind at 3-2. Apparently no stranger to hardship, after her father was injured in the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Victoria Duval took losing two of her first three games in the third set in stride and was able to turn her luck around in the 10th game.

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