She's the Cinderella story at the U.S. Open, and the story behind Victoria Duval's stunning victory is just as compelling as her triumph on the tennis court.
Duval told a reporter, "This is the best I've played in my career, so I'm really excited!"
The seventeen-year-old who defeated former U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur Tuesday night in a three-set thriller was especially happy because her dad was there to see it, and his story of survival is a true miracle.
It happened nearly three years ago, when Victoria was a promising junior player in Florida. Her dad, Dr. Jean-Maurice Duval, was operating a medical clinic in Haiti when disaster struck—a massive earthquake, killing or injuring more than half-a-million people.
Victoria's dad was buried under the rubble. Amazingly, he was able to phone his family.
Duval told a reporter, "He was under the house and he was sort of giving his last words to my mom to tell the kids I love them, and all that stuff."
Victoria's friend, Ashley Kitchen of Atlanta, said her parents spent $18,000 to find Victoria's dad in the rubble and airlift him to safety! And against all odds, it worked!
Dr. Duval's injuries left him with a paralyzed arm, but he used his other hand to high-five his loved ones as he was overjoyed by his daughter's amazing victory and the way she defied the odds to come out a winner.