London 2012: Vergeer Seals Record Fourth Singles Gold

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Esther Vergeer won a record fourth consecutive gold medal in women's Singles Wheelchair Tennis as her remarkable unbeaten run continued at Eton Manor.

Vergeer Seals Record Fourth Singles Gold

Vergeer Seals Record Fourth Singles Gold

Everyone was talking about it and I just made it happen. It's what I dreamed about, thought about and did everything for.

Esther Vergeer won a record fourth consecutive gold medal in women's Singles Wheelchair Tennis as her remarkable unbeaten run continued at Eton Manor.

Vergeer only needed two sets to beat team-mate Aniek van Koot 6-0 6-3 to claim her triumph.

She has now not been beaten in 470 matches, since January 2003, and adds London 2012 gold to her medals from Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000.

She broke down in tears afterwards, saying: 'Everyone was talking about it and I just made it happen. It's what I dreamed about, thought about and did everything for. There was so much pressure.

'Everybody expected me to win gold and that I would win but I still had to work hard, to go to training, to be at the top of my game. A lot of people forget that.'

Van Koot, who was playing in her first Paralympic Games, said: 'I have been close [to beating Vergeer] before and I need to remember that and motivate myself to keep trying. She is beatable - you just have to figure out how.

'You just don't want to lose, do you? A silver is good, and one day it will be gold. I'll raise the bar for that and I will set my goals on gold for the next time.'

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