Wednesday, 28 August 2013


NEW YORK - When Victoria Duval was 7 years of age, she trailed along by and by to watch her more senior siblings play in a tennis competition in Santo Domingo, close to her youth home in Haiti. The competition chief had dependably viewed her sitting on her mother Nadine's lap and recommended she let Victoria contend this time, if just so Nadine could keep tabs on the matches. 

Duval didn't have a clue where to stand on the court, how to hold the racquet and absolutely not how to keep score, yet you've presumably recently deciphered that the brave young lady won the entire competition. At that minute, tennis eternity bested her past affection of aerial artistry. 

"After that, my mother was like, 'OK, you need to pick now,'" Duval said. "Tennis appeared to be suitable." 

Duval, who was stacked up 298th on the planet and entered in the not so distant future US Open as a qualifier, was combined against No. 11 seed and previous US Open champ Samantha Stosur in the first round. Stosur, her arms restricted with muscle, had arrived at any rate the quarterfinals in her previous three Open manifestations, winning everything in 2011. Duval, now 17, was playing in simply the second Grand Slam match of her profession. 

However to the musical serenades of "USA!," Duval crushed Stosur 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on the Louis Armstrong Stadium court in a match that took 2 hours, 39 minutes. 

"I was truly blissful," Duval said in her piercing voice. That is to say, you can tell by all the bouncing I did." 

Twitter congrats rained in - which she couldn't even accompany on the grounds that she doesn't have a record of her own - from tennis analyst Darren Cahill to New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire to rapper Lil Wayne. 

"Weezy F Baby?!?" she yelled when she was told. 

Yes, Duval is an unpolished blast of outside air. 

Unlike 15 years back, its uncommon nowadays to see a youngster force an agitated on such an enormous stage. Furthermore with her age comes a honest excitement. Her top choice Spongebob character is Gary, her aphorism is "Have Fun" and her objective as a junior player was just to decimate her siblings. 

However her existence is more confounded. Her father, Jean-Maurice, was harmed in the 2010 seismic tremor in Haiti as he stayed behind to help run a therapeutic center while Victoria prepared and played tennis in the States. In the wake of being covered full of vibrancy for a long time, he was ready to haul out of the rubble, however not without wounds that apparently incorporated a punctured lung. In any case a family companion through tennis, land designer Harry Kitchen, sanctioned a private plane to carry Victoria's father to the U.s. for medicine. 

"We're always appreciative to them," Duval said. "Provided that it weren't for them, my father likely wouldn't be here today. Not every living soul simply pays $30,000 to fly a helicopter to recover somebody." 

In spite of the fact that Victoria was conceived in Miami, her folks are both from Haiti. Also she may have pressed on to act like an adult there besides notwithstanding a brutal burglary that transformed into a prisoner scenario. Victoria was with her auntie and cousins at their house when it happened. 

"She was held at gunpoint," Nadine said. "It was so frightening." 

Nadine hurried to the house and the SWAT group was now there. They heard the officers discussing an operation, which in French is the same word for surgery, and were panicked Victoria or an alternate relative had been harmed. 

A year later, the family moved to Boca Raton, Fla. Jean-Maurice is unable to work in medication in view of his damages, in spite of the fact that his health has enhanced, and the family has depended on the USTA and different hotspots for backing and preparing. Billie Jean King tapped Duval to play on the Philadelphia Freedoms (World Teamtennis) this Spring and has turned into a guide and supporter, sending Duval a content after her irritated win. 

Mentor Todd Morelle has additionally consented to work with Duval on an ace bono foundation, to some extent in light of the fact that he sees a champion in her 5-foot-10 casing in spite of her crude serve. 

"She's main set to improve," Morelle said. "She is half tantamount to she is set to be." 

Tennis has offered much to the Duval family - it was an association that safeguarded her father's existence - however it is has additionally accompanied liabilities and desires. Still, Nadine stresses the family has never poked Victoria to play. 

"That is her energy," Nadine said. "No one pushed her into tennis. 

"My main young lady," she admitted with a giggle. "I wanted her to be a ballerina." 


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