US Open Day 2 – Story of the day
11th seed Sam Stosur is of the US Open, in the very first round to a 17 year old American ranked 296 in the world.
On what ended up being a night match on Louis Armstrong Stadium, Stosur led 7-5 4-2 and had a game point for 5-2 but made 56 unforced errors to her opponent’s 35 and eventually lost the match after 2 hours 39 minutes.
The loss for the 2011 champion is all the more shocking because she actually came in with really good form with wins over two of the top four players in the world – Agnieszka Radwanksa and Victoria Azarenka – on her way to claiming the Southern California Open in Carlsbad.
Stosur has dropped from a career high 4 in the world to a current ranking of 13 and she can expect that to drop further as she had quarter-final points to defend from last year’s US Open.
The 29 year old’s losses in Grand Slams this year have been to Zheng Jie, Jelena Jankovic and Sabine Lisicki and now to qualifier Victoria Duval. Her season would be considered a major disappointment because she has failed to make it past R3 at any of the Slams.
But lets turn our attention to Duval.
The Miami-born teenager has a story of her own. Born to Haitian parents, Duval has fine-tuned her game by training at the famous Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida.
Duval had to endure the anxiety of almost losing her father in the 2010 Haiti Earthquake which took an estimated 250,000 lives. Although he survived the catastrophic natural disaster, he was left with a shattered vertebrae and broken legs, arms, ribs, and a punctured lung – which required multiple surgeries.
Earlier on in the starlet’s life, she had a gun shoved in her face and was held hostage by a kidnap gang. She was at the tender age of just seven at the time.
Duval next faces another veteran, Daniela Hantuchova in R2.