|Three-times winner in Australia together with Esther Vergeer
After a slow start to the season, Sonja has now got into her stride in the singles competitions, resulting in three successive tournament wins. A good basis for qualification for the Paralympics. In the doubles, Sonja was the best three times in a row also. Notwithstanding a very tough tournament schedule, Sonja found time for a demonstration in Warsaw and is also concentrating very hard on her studies.
Tournament wins after slow start
The 2003 season started hesitantly for Sonja in the singles, with early knockouts in three successive tournaments in Australia. Due to tough seedings each time, and sometimes bizarre weather conditions, Sonja had difficulty finding her rhythm. At the Nasdaq 100 in Key Biscayne, Sonja again didnít make it past the quarter finals, but at the Florida Open she got through to the semis. The real turnaround came at the Cajun Classic in Baton Rouge (USA), which she won. Two weeks later she chalked up another tournament win at the Slovakia Open, followed by the Czech Open.
In contrast with her singles results, Sonja did extremely well in Australia in the doubles. Partnered by Esther Vergeer, she won three tournaments in a row, sometimes having to play in extreme temperatures.