De Groot completes first ever Golden Slam in wheelchair tennis

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Dutch tennis player Diede de Groot became the first athlete to complete the Golden Slam in wheelchair tennis after a victory-making win at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

Why it matters: "No wheelchair tennis player had ever before completed the feat" of winning all four major tournaments in one year plus the Paralympic gold medal, according to the press release.

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The big picture: Adding to de Groot's history-making win is the fact that her Tokyo Paralympic gold medal match took place only four days before the start of the U.S. Open.

  • De Groot beat Japan's Yui Kamiji Sunday in a rematch of their finals game in Tokyo, per Reuters.

What they're saying: "I just can't wait to go home, celebrate it with my family, friends, everyone that has supported me in the past few weeks. I know a lot of people have been watching," De Groot said in the press release.

  • "It's just great to see how so many things are possible," she added. "To be the first one to actually get that title is just so special. I don't think I will ever forget that."

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