Sep 15, 2008

Esther Vergeer wins gold and 349th straight match

Bronze medal winner France's Florence Gavellier, right, Netherland's gold medal winner Esther Vergeer, center, and silver medal winner Korie Homan, left, celebrate their win at the women's wheelchair tennis singles award ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Esther Vergeer won her 349th straight match Sunday, capturing the Paralympic gold medal in women's wheelchair tennis with a victory over Dutch teammate Korie Howman.

She won 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5) to extend a streak that has lasted 5 1/2 years.
"I mean, I am going to lose matches one day," she said.

"But I was just really, really hoping it was not going to be today. I was just this close from losing this match, the most important match of my whole year."
Vergeer won double gold medals in Sydney and Athens.
She will go for that again Monday in doubles with partner Jisek Griffioen. They face Americans Beth Arnoult and Kaitlyn Verfuerth in the final.

France's Florence Gravellier won the singles bronze, beating Griffioen 6-3, 6-4.

(Via The Associated Press)

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