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US Teenager Victoria Duval Upsets Former Champion Samatha Stosur
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:40pm PST USA
US Teenager Victoria Duval Upsets Former Champion Samatha Stosur 2013 NEW YORK-- With the sun setting Tuesday at the US Open in the first round, the American qualifier and 296th ranked Victoria Duval shut down the 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a thrilling day two upset.

The 17 year old Duval, wearing a red Eleven dress and black Eleven visor designed by one of her idols, Venus Williams, had served for the first set at 5-4; only to be broken at love before dropping set one.

In the second set, the 11th seeded Stosur raced to a 4-2 lead before Duval broke then held serve to level the set at 4 all. A netted Stosur backhand slice crosscourt followed by a framed Stosur forehand down the line resulted in another break of serve which would put the American ahead 5-4 in set two.

On set point, a forceful Duval forehand crosscourt would lead to a netted Stosur forehand down the line to even the match at one set all after one hour and 50 minutes of play; with the American winning the last four games of the set.

Both players held serve the first six games of the third set to reach 3 all. Then three Stosur errors: a double fault followed by a netted inside out forehand down the line and a netted backhand slice down the line would send Duval a break of serve ahead 4-3.

Three more groundstroke errors from the Australian left her down 3-5.

Victoria Duval of the USA | Image: AP
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It was only the young Americanís second grand slam match ever.

Serving to stay in the match, Stosur erased match point number one with an inside out crosscourt forehand winner before holding serve to reach 4-5.

With Duval serving up 5-4 as she had earlier in both of the first two sets, another Stosur inside out crosscourt forehand winner would erase match point number two.

On match point number three, the American would strike a backhand crosscourt wide. But Duval would connect with a forehand crosscourt winner on her fourth match point to finish the encounter after 2 hours and 39 minutes of play; leaping into the air after the point in an impromptu celebration. It was only the young Americanís second grand slam match ever.

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