The winning team: Chantal Vandierendonck, Esther Vergeer, Marc Kalkman (standing), Maaike Smit and Sonja

Together with the Dutch women's team wheelchair tennis Sonja has won the World Team Cup, the world championship for national teams.
In the past season she managed to maintain her place in the world ranking and meet her targets. Because of her international ranking, the NOC/NSF, the combined Dutch Olympic Committee and Sports Federation, awarded her the status of top sporter.
Sonja now has her own site on the Internet where all kinds of information can be found.
Sonja's dedication to her studies have also been rewarded: after one year hard work she passed her preliminary examination, something that only 12% of her fellow-students also managed to do.

World Champion!
Without losing a single set, the Dutch women's wheelchair tennis team won the World Team Cup in Nottingham. The Dutch team, coached by Marc Kalkman, defeated Brittain and Japan as well as Belgium in the finals to become world champion for national teams. Sixteen women's teams participated in the tournament which can be compared to the Davis Cup (men) and Fed Cup (women).

The season in retrospective
Sonja kept her place in the world ranking last season. A very creditable achievement considering that she leapfrogged many rivals last year in the rankings and also started a tough study at the university.
Altogether Sonja played ten international tournaments - three of which also counted for the Dutch ranking(NRR)- and four national NRR tournaments. At this moment she ranks 18th in the ITF ranking for the singles and 12th for the doubles. In the NRR ranking she is placed 5th in both the singles and doubles.
International results worth mentioning are her quarter final place in Florida and France and winning the Sportement in Tilburg.
All in all a good starting point for her ambition to rank among the top ten in the coming year.

NOC/NSF top sport status
Because of her position in the world ranking list Sonja was awarded the status of top sporter category B by the NOC/NSF, the combined Dutch Olympic Committee and Sports Federation. This status is awarded to sportsmen and women who have the ability and quality for the Paralympic Games in the near future, considering their age, talent and dedication.
This is a recognition of Sonja's ambition to be a competitor in Sydney in the year 2000.

Internet site
Sonja now has her own internet site! There you can find all kinds of information on the 'Foundation Friends of Wheelchair Tennis Player Sonja', news letters, rankings, tournament schedules and sponsors.
Enthusiastic relative Martijn van Mierlo has made it a very attractive source of information which is also in the English language. Sonja's internet site can be found on

Top sport and study
Sonja proves that top sport can be combined with an exacting study in psychology at the Free University of Amsterdam. After one year hard work she passed her preliminary examination, something that only 12% of her fellow-students also managed to do. Not because she is a quick learner, on the contrary. Even during the tournaments Sonja could be found with her nose dug deep in her study books.

Wheelchair Tennis Masters
From November 18 to 23 the Wheelchair Tennis Masters will be held at the Indoor Sports Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This tournament is restricted to the top eight women and men of the world ranking list, but who knows, maybe Sonja will be one of them next year! Exciting matches are guaranteed, so it is an excellent opportunity to witness top wheelchair tennis.
The 'Foundation Friends of Wheelchair Tennis Player Sonja' will be present with an information stand to show the public what it takes to be a participant in this demanding sport.
See you there?