NEWSLETTER NO. 7, NOVEMBER 1998
SONJA PETERS QUALIFIES FOR THE WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS
by taking fourth place in the world ranking list
This year Sonja Peters made the breakthrough to the absolute top in wheelchair tennis. As a result of several wins and places in finals and semi-finals, she moved up from sixteenth to fourth slot in the world rankings. Because of that she has qualified for the prestigious NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Eindhoven, which will be the final event of the season. For the NOC*NSF (the combined Dutch Olympic Committee and Sport Federation) her ranking was sufficient reason to award her the status of top sportswoman, category A. Sonja also scored well in her studies.
Really fantastic season
With only one tournament to go, Sonja Peters has clearly had a fantastic season. The year started well in Australia and New Zealand, followed by a win in the American Lakeshore World Challenge in Birmingham. And success was piled on success! Sonja made the quarter finals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and France. The results were even better in the American tournaments in Lake Tahoe and the recent US Open, where she reached the semi-finals in both events. In the British Open Sonja played the final of this SuperSeries tournament after defeating the world's number 2, Maaike Smit, 6-3/6-4 in the semi-final. And in the German Open she left all her rivals behind her.
As a result of her superb playing, Sonja moved up from sixteenth in the world singles ranking to fourth slot and a place among the absolute top! Sonja has therefore met her target for 1998 to belong to the top ten, and done so by a clear margin. In the doubles Sonja climbed from 12th slot to an inspiring second place, following wins in New Zealand, Belgium, the UK, Austria and the US Open.
Top sport status
Because of her position in the world ranking list, Sonja's top sport status was changed from category B to category A by the NOC*NSF. This status is awarded to sportsmen and women who perform at Paralympic Games level. This is a recognition of Sonja's great efforts and augers well for her ambition to be in Sydney in the year 2000!
Study and top sport
Can top sport and study be combined? If it is up to Sonja, yes it can! In the past year she met another of her targets, gaining 32 credits out of a possible 42 for her studies. And she did that even though she missed no less than three months during the school year because of tournaments!
NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters
Thanks to her excellent achievements, Sonja qualified for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the last official tournament of the season. It will be held from 17 to 22 November at the Indoor Sports Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, for the best eight men and women players in the world. So this is a home match for Sonja. And for sponsors, donors and other supporters it is a unique chance to see Sonja in action at top level and to cheer her on! The 'Foundation Friends of Wheelchair Tennis Player Sonja' will be present and playing an active role at the event. Pay a visit to our promotion stand where you will find information about Sonja and her sponsors and can admire TV recordings of her matches in America.
See you at the Masters!
The times of play and results of Sonja during the Masters will be updated as they become known on the homepage: www.sonjapeters.nl/masters1998.htm.
For the exact times of play you can also ring +31 40-2816419.