Flushing Meadows, NY ~ 08/26/15 – The last time we saw 19-year old Victoria Duval at the US Open, was in 2013 when she made headlines with her victory over the 11th seeded Sam Stosur. After qualifying for the US Open, Duval won her first-round match by a score of 5–7, 6–4, 6–4 against Top 15 player and the 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur in what was a major upset. Then in 2014, during the Wimbledon tournament, the then 17-year old Haitian-American, rising star was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Having decided to remain entered in the tournament, Duval qualified into the main draw and there upset 29th seed Sorana Cîrstea in three-sets. She then lost in the second round and would return to the United States to undergo treatment. Duval completed her chemotherapy and announced in September 2014 that she was cancer free.
Fast forward to the 2015 US Open and Duval’s return to the blue hardcourt of Queens for the 2015 US Open is nothing short of miraculous. She won her 1st round qualifying match against Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, and will face Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) in the second round.
Thirteen months ago, she was ranked No. 87 in the world, and climbing fast. Now she is unranked, but you get the feeling that’s not for long.