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Friday, July 3, 2009

Wheelchair legend Vergeer wins on SW19 debut

top seeds Esther Vergeer and Korie Homan wasted no time in disposing of Katharina Kruger and Sharon Walraven in the inaugural ladies' wheelchair doubles held at The Championships.

The Dutch duo have already captured the Australian Open and Roland Garros titles this year and produced a near flawless game to see off their opponents 6-0, 6-0 in 40 minutes and pave their way into the final.

The game was a whitewash as the pair dominated rallies. Balls were hit with aplomb and the women notched up 23 winners compared to their opponents' five.

For those unfamiliar with wheelchair tennis, Esther Vergeer is a living legend. The 28-year-old has one of the longest currently winning streaks in world sport, unbeaten in 360 singles matches since the end of January 2003.
Her victory in the women’s singles final at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics earned the 28-year-old her fifth gold medal and she is also unbeaten in all wheelchair singles and doubles matches she has played at Grand Slams.

The queen of wheelchair tennis was also crowned the ITF Women’s Wheelchair World Champion for a staggering ninth straight year in 2008.

Before the match, Vergeer said: “It’s always been one of my ambitions to play at Wimbledon once in my life, so now that it’s here I am very excited and I am also a little nervous, because I have never played on grass until this week.”

However, nerves were not in evidence today as the women won an impressive 52 points compared to 21 earned by their German and Dutch opponents.

Court 14 - Ladies' Wheelchair Doubles - Semifinals
Korie Homan NED /
Esther Vergeer NED
Katharina Kruger GER /
Sharon Walraven NED

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