Victoria Duval: from Haitian hostage to Flushing Meadows darling

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Seventeen-year-old Victoria Duval’s heartwarming victory over Sam Stosur at the US Open is a long way from her family’s troubles in Haiti, Kevin Mitchell reports in London’s Guardian.

Certainly, the odd-ball glasses help. So does her excellent tennis. But what makes Victoria Duval stand out at this tournament is the power of her story, one that started in violent circumstances in Haiti when she was a small girl and which hit a heartwarming pitch here on day two, whenshe beat the 2011 champion Sam Stosur.

Duval, born in Miami to Haitian parents, was held at gunpoint, along with two cousins, for several hours by intruders to her aunt’s house in the island’s capital, Port-Au-Prince, when she was just seven.

“We were held hostage,” she recalls. “It’s not a good memory, so I try to forget as much as I can about it.”

However, she and her…

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