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Wheelchair tennis will miss Esther Vergeer

Updated: February 13, 2013, 12:12 PM ET
By Jane McManus

When Esther Vergeer started playing wheelchair tennis in 1999 it was a growing niche in the tennis community. The relentlessness of her winning dovetailed with an era of growth for the game, and when she retired Tuesday she had attained a level of international respect both rare and well-earned.

"I've had such a crazy career," said Vergeer at a Rotterdam tournament, where she made her announcement. "I can't get anything else to add to this. The circle is complete."

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