Victoria Duval, the 17-year-old newest women's tennis phenom, actually dropped the first set to former US Open champion Samantha Stosur Tuesday. However, she battled back to pull off the biggest upset of the US Open so far, according to CBS News on Aug. 27. Victoria Duval is Haitian-American, and has overcome the kind of adversity that makes for Hollywood movies.
Victoria was robbed at gunpoint at the age of seven, according to Tennis.com. Her father was buried alive and thought for dead during the huge Haiti earthquake in 2010, but he managed to claw his way out of the rubble.
Victoria Duval overcame 35 unforced errors for her first ever Grand Slam victory, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The young powerhouse, with a bird-sounding high pitched voice, sounds even younger than her 17 years. But the emerging new hope for America's women's tennis managed to take out previous US Open champion Aussie Sam Stosur Tuesday, in a stunning rout.
The young Duval did her best to deal with her new media attention, saying to ESPN right after her win that she just tried to stay in the moment.
"I don't know, I'm just really excited right now", she added, not really knowing what else to say as she jumped up and down.
It was a truly exciting moment to take in, watching Duval, as she suffered through four match points before finally breaking through and winning.