Esther Vergeer: More than a number
Great athletes often become known by a number. Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game. Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs. Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors; Roger Federer has won 17. The movie about Roger Maris was called -- what else? -- "61*." But Esther Vergeer, the wheelchair tennis champion from the Netherlands who retired this week, may go down in history with the most impressive number of all affixed to her name: 470.
That's how many consecutive matches Vergeer won from January 2003 to ...
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