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17-year-old Duval, once held hostage during armed robbery, pulls stunner at U.S. Open – NYPOST.com


Duval — the 17-year-old survivor born in Miami but hardened in Haiti — pulled off the upset of this U.S. Open, knocking off 2011 champ Sam Stosur 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

The unseeded qualifier — ranked 296th in the world — overcame a 4-2 deficit in the second set and pulled out a host of big points in the third. But after being held hostage by armed robbers and having her father, near death, pulled out of the earthquake rubble in Haiti, Duval is seasoned in handling hardship.

This wasn’t adversity. This was opportunity. And on Duval’s fourth match point, the Nick Bollettieri protégé seized it, her forehand winner down the line sending her shrieking and bouncing up and down — finally acting her age. via  – NYPOST.com

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