It is difficult to upstage Kim Clijsters at Flushing Meadows, especially if you lose.
But in the nicest possible way Victoria Duval did just that. Victoria is an American who spent some of her childhood in Haiti and is still just 16. She lost 6-3, 6-1 to the three-time former champion, but still managed to captivate everyone with her game and her exuberant personality.
Not since Martina Hingis, who achieved the extraordinary feat of becoming No. 1 in the world at that age, has a 16-year-old made such an impact on Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was somehow fitting that Clijsters should be the one to want to take a photo with Duval as a souvenir.
"I couldn't believe that," Duval giggled afterwards. "It should have been me asking for a photograph. She's my idol. I was just so excited.
"Going out there I was really nervous, but I think I managed to handle it all quite well. The whole atmosphere was so much more than I expected. The crowd was so big, and it is so...