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Esther Vergeer is blazing new trails

Originally Published: May 3, 2011
By Sandra Harwitt

She's one of the great tennis players of our time. Some would even call her the most dominant athlete of her generation. But Esther Vergeer's skills go well beyond hitting solid forehands and backhands. She does it all while racing around in her wheelchair.

Vergeer, a paraplegic since undergoing surgery for a spinal defect at 8 years old, initially pursued wheelchair basketball and tennis. She grew up in the Netherlands, where the government encourages and provides sports training to ...

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