31 year old Dutchwoman Esther Vergeer, a Paralympic champion and a tennis legend, has announced her retirement from tennis. Her retirement ends a 10 year, 470 match winning streak – a streak unrivaled in tennis.
Esther won her first Paralympic gold medal in Sydney 2000 and has won every Paralympic campaign since, claiming her fourth gold medal in London in 2012.
Her dominance over her competitors was so complete that she has only faced one match point in the 470 match winning streak.
The ITF has praised her contribution to tennis saying that in 10 years she won 120 straight tournaments, beating 73 different opponents, winning 95 matches 6-0, 6-0 and dropping only 18 sets, the International Tennis Federation said – statistics which are far beyond amazing.
Esther has won 21 Grand Slam singles titles and 23 Grand Slam doubles titles. She also has three Paralympic doubles medals and one silver.
“I’m hugely proud of my performances, my titles, and can look back on my career with a great feeling. Keeping going would not add anything.”