Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Unbeaten Wheelchair Tennis Player Esther Vergeer Retires

Dutch wheelchair tennis player, Esther Vergeer, hung up her racket after an unbeaten decade.The 31-year-old, who claimed four Paralympic singles gold medals and three in doubles, won 470 consecutive matches and 120 successive tournaments, dropping only 18 sets during that time.
Her career record stands at 700 wins and 25 defeats.
She won every grand slam singles event she ever entered, racking up 21 singles and 23 doubles titles - and went two years without losing a set from 2004 to 2006.

Esther won: 42 Grand Slams, 22 year-end championships and 7 Paralympics titles

In December 2010 Esther Vergeer was featured on CNN for her tennis record of 401 straight wins receiving congratulations from Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters.
"She is an inspiration to many. Wheelchair tennis owes her a huge debt of gratitude for her professionalism and her quality as a player."

Vergeer, who took up wheelchair tennis because of complications after spinal surgery at the age of 12, rose to world number one in 1999 - aged just 18 - and remained there ever since.

"I love this game more than anybody. It's a lot of sacrifice, it's a lot of effort, but I do enjoy that," she told The Sport Review last year, "My main motivation is the inner game: I just love the sport, I love the training, but then also the way I see that I can improve in so many aspects still."


xo K

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