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US Open 2013 Day 2: Duval beats Stosur for first major win

Victoria Duval celebrates her upset of Sam Stosur at the US Open
by Alexandra Willis at Flushing Meadows
Wednesday 28 August 2013

Wimbledon.com's highlights from the second day of play at the 2013 US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York...

Upset of the day

Victoria Duval d. Samantha Stosur (11), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
The tennis world fell in love with Victoria Duval, a 16-year-old with a squeaky voice and braces, when she played Kim Clijsters on her Grand Slam debut here on Arthur Ashe last year. So when she was drawn to face another former US Open champion, Sam Stosur, people remembered her immediately. Little did they know what they were in for. The braces are gone, but Duval, now 17, still has the exuberance of youth, and she ran and ran and ran as she put Stosur through the mill. The Australian sneaked the first set by a whisker, but had restored natural order in the second, leading by a break. Not so fast Sam. Duval broke back, won the set, and then broke to lead in the third. Unfathomable. She had a match point at 5-3 as Stosur served to stay in it, and then saw four more match points come her way as she tried to serve out the biggest win, in fact her very first Grand Slam main draw win, of her career. First serve, big forehand, job done. Extraordinary.

She's also in a soft part of the draw - either Duval, Daniela Hantuchova, Sachia Vickery, and Julia Glushko will reach the second week.

"I think I played amazing today. It was incredible. The whole match was just really an incredible match and I'm happy I pulled through," Duval said excitedly. "I don't even remember match point. I guess I was really happy. I mean, you could tell by all the jumping I did."

Other seeds to bid adieu were 31st seed Klara Zakopalova, ousted 6-3, 6-3 by Su-Wei Hsieh, Ladies' doubles champion at Wimbledon this year, and Nicolas Almagro, the 15th seed, who was beaten by Denis Istomin in four sets. Juan Monaco, the 28th seed, retired to Florian Mayer.

Survival mission
Petra Kvitova played another needless three-setter, but at least it ended in victory against Misaki Doi, albeit a testy one.

Simona Halep, the winner of the most titles this year behind Serena Williams and the New Haven champion, was also severely tested by a semi-resurgent Heather Watson, the Brit desperately seeking some form after being struck down with glandular fever at the beginning of this year.

Easy does it
No first round ruffles for...Ana Ivanovic, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Bojana Jovanovski, Roberta Vinci, Maria Kirilenko, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Gael Monfils, John Isner, Milos Raonic, Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Sara Errani (a double bagel), Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Peng Shuai, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Alize Cornet, Donald Young, Flavia Pennetta, Alison Riske, Elina Svitolina, Sachia Vickery, Pablo Andujar, Karin Knapp, Daniela Hantuchova, Mona Barthel, Aleksandra Wozniak, Elena Vesnina, Julia Glushko, Su-Wei Hsieh, Jarkko Nieminen, Camila Giorgi, and Victoria Azarenka.

Disappointing day for...

Jerzy Janowicz and Grigor Dimitrov
Two golden boys of the future departed far earlier than expected and hoped, Janowicz struggling with a back injury so severe that he was forced to serve underarm during his 4-6, 4-6, 2-6 loss to Maximo Gonzalez, while Dimitrov, the 25th seed, was bundled out in a blaze of five-set glory to Joao Sousa . 

Home hopes
Aside from Duval's heroics, Christina McHale got herself back on the winning track with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Julia Goerges, a performance that was steady rather than startling, but the perfect antidote to the German's litany of unforced errors. McHale reached the third round here in 2011, and, being from New Jersey, is quite the New York darling.

There was not such good news for Varvara Lepchenko, who lost 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(4) to Alexandra Dulgheru, a loss that will send her out of the top 40.

For the men, while John Isner cruised through almost embarrassingly easily, Sam Querrey had to work a little harder to beat Guido Pella, but survived in four. Jack Sock also advanced to the second round when Philipp Petzschner retired, and Donald Young joined the winners' party with a very easy win over Martin Klizan. But Steve Johnson departed at the hands of Tobias Kamke.

Marathon match
Rogerio Dutra Silva's 4-6, 3-6, 7-6(9), 6-2, 7-6(10) win over Vasek Pospisil, delayed overnight. Cruel.

Remember him?
Lukas Rosol departed the US Open in relatively tame fashion, losing in four sets to Benjamin Becker.

Feel-good of the day
That of 13-year-old Conner Stroud, who doesn't have hips, knees or femurs, but does manage to play tennis. He hit with Rafa today.

Quote of the day
"The people, it's too much crowdy for myself, I think."

Petra Kvitova explains why New York doesn't quite suit her in her own unique way.

Stat of the day

Aces served by Milos Raonic in his opening match, a win over Thomas Fabbiano. Unsurprisingly he's at the top of the leaderboard.

Ying-Ying Duan was quite the topic of conversation as soon as broadcasters discovered that she also goes by the name of Baby Flower Chinese Davenport. Virginia Wade abandoned all pretence of referring to her as Duan from then onwards.

Farewell to
Nicolas Massu, who finally officially retired from the sport, four years after playing his last competitive matches.

Come back tomorrow for...

Arthur Ashe
11am - Sofia Arvidsson v Li Na (5)
FB - Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v Juan Martin Del Potro (6)
FB - Serena Williams v Galina Voskoboeva

7pm - Andy Murray (3) v Michael Llodra
FB - Urszula Radwanska v Sloane Stephens (15)

Louis Armstrong
11am - Agnieszka Radwanska (3) v Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor
FB - Venus Williams v Zheng Jie
FB - Lleyton Hewitt v Brian Baker
FB - James Blake v Ivo Karlovic

11am - Daniel Brands v Kevin Anderson
FB - Eugenie Bouchard v Angelique Kerber (8)
FB - Stanislas Wawrinka (9) v Radek Stepanek
FB - Jamie Hampton (23) v Kristina Mladenovic

Second on Court 11 - Laura Robson v Caroline Garcia
Third on Court 11 - Paula Ormaechea v Sabine Lisicki


For all the reports and results from Flushing Meadows, visit the Official US Open website

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