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Vergeer wins singles title for fourth Games



Dutch wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer on Friday won the women's singles title for the fourth successive Games, to stretch her unbeaten run in the game to 470 matches.

The top seed beat compatriot and second seed Aniek van Koot 6-0, 6-3 in 59 minutes on the blue hardcourts of Eton Manor in east London. Third seed Jiske Griffioen, also of the Netherlands, beat Germany's Sabine Ellerbock for bronze.

Vergeer, who first won the singles title in Sydney 12 years ago, described the win as "amazing" and a relief after huge expectations going into the match.

"It's what I dreamed about, though about and did everything for. There was so much pressure," she told reporters before breaking down in tears.

"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."

Vergeer said she could not say definitively whether she had plans for a fifth, straight gold.

"First of all I'm going to enjoy this one. I'm not promising anything that I'll be here in four years. I don't know if I'll be going to Rio (de Janeiro). I don't know what's going to happen in that social, private part of my life."

Vergeer has also won the Paralympic doubles title twice and has a chance to win again with Marjolein Buis when they take on Griffioen and Van Koot in the final, again ensuring gold and silver for the Dutch.

Britain's Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley, beaten by Griffioen and Van Koot in the semifinal, will play Athens 2004 silver medallists Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ratana Techamaneewat of Thailand for the bronze medal on Saturday.



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Medals Table

Country
1China 107 81 51
2United Kingdom 64 39 44
3Ukraine 41 37 39
4United States 40 44 31
5Australia 22 30 29
6Germany 18 25 14
7Netherlands, The 18 19 26
8Brazil 14 29 29
9Italy 10 14 15
10Poland 9 18 12
11Spain 9 14 8
12France 9 5 14
13New Zealand 9 5 7
14Canada 8 10 11
15Iran 8 9 7
16Uzbekistan 8 6 17
17Nigeria 8 2 2
18Cuba 8 1 6
19Belarus 8 0 2
20Korea 7 11 17
21Tunisia 7 6 6
22South Africa 7 6 4
23Thailand 6 6 6
24Greece 5 4 4
25Belgium 5 3 3
26Slovakia 5 3 3
27Algeria 4 5 7
28Ireland 4 4 3
29Mexico 4 2 9
30Egypt 3 5 4
31Norway 3 3 3
32Serbia 3 2 4
33Turkey 3 1 5
34Kenya 3 1 2
35Malaysia 3 0 1
36Colombia 2 5 10
37United Arab Emirates 2 4 1
38Iraq 2 3 0
39Hong Kong 2 2 2
40Morocco 2 2 2
41Switzerland 2 2 1
42Croatia (Hrvatska) 2 2 1
43India 2 1 1
44Lithuania 2 1 0
45Latvia 2 0 2
46Singapore 2 0 1
47Hungary 1 8 9
48Azerbaijan 1 8 2
49Sweden 1 4 6
50Austria 1 4 4
51Czech Republic 1 2 4
52Denmark 1 2 4
53Namibia 1 2 2
54Argentina 1 1 3
55Vietnam 1 1 2
56Trinidad And Tobago 1 1 1
57Finland 1 1 1
58Kazakhstan 1 1 0
59Slovenia 1 1 0
60Kuwait 1 0 0
61Georgia 1 0 0
62Bahrain 1 0 0
63Bulgaria 1 0 0
64Japan 0 10 14
65Venezuela 0 3 3
66Jordan 0 2 1
67Qatar 0 2 0
68Chinese Taipei 0 1 1
69Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 0 1 0
70Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 0
71Ethiopia 0 1 0
72Uganda 0 1 0
73Portugal 0 0 4
74Israel 0 0 3
75Mongolia 0 0 2
76Mozambique 0 0 1
77Romania 0 0 1
78Saudi Arabia 0 0 1
79Pakistan 0 0 1
80Philippines 0 0 1
81Sri Lanka 0 0 1
82Indonesia 0 0 1
83Cape Verde 0 0 1

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