Esther Vergeer appears unbeatable, having lost only one singles match (2003) since March of 2001. When she entered the Beijing Paralympic Games, she had won 348 consecutive matches, and she went on to win her third Olympic gold medal. But Vergeer has been pushed more and more by her countrywoman, Korie Homan. Homan has taken Vergeer to a third set a few times, and in Beijing, she took her to a third-set tiebreak for the first time.
Now the two will meet again in the Australian Open women's wheelchair singles final, and fans are most likely expecting another close match.
Homan and Vergeer, by the way, have already won the women's wheelchair doubles title at the Australian Open, allowing their opponents to win only one game.