Duval's star falls back to earth

Open darling Victoria Duval got a reality check -- but it may have been a blessing

Updated: August 30, 2013, 2:44 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

She eked into the main draw as a qualifier and shocked 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in their tournament opener Tuesday night in Louis Armstrong Stadium with a win that left people asking, "Is this kid really just the 296th-ranked player in the world?" But Thursday the nothing-to-lose attitude that carried 17-year-old Victoria Duval to that three-set victory had deserted her.

For Duval, the previous 48 hours had been a whirlwind of requests for TV interviews and invitations to tell and ...

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