Dede de Groot conquers the Golden Slam of World Challenge

Germany’s Diede de Groot is the latest to complete the round robin Golden Slam of the World Challenge tournament in Chennai, India. De Groot, 29, has picked up the gold medal on four consecutive…

Dede de Groot conquers the Golden Slam of World Challenge

Germany’s Diede de Groot is the latest to complete the round robin Golden Slam of the World Challenge tournament in Chennai, India. De Groot, 29, has picked up the gold medal on four consecutive occasions in the tournament, making her the first player to accomplish the feat. The 43rd edition of the competition officially kicked off on November 7.

De Groot triumphed in the women’s singles event by defeating Thailand’s Nicol David in straight sets. De Groot, who was born in Niger, won this tournament last year as well. Her other tournaments include the World Championships, Asian Championships, and French Open in 2015.

She is not just dominating the competitions either. De Groot is second in the Women’s Tennis Association’s overall rankings, just a few hundred points behind American player Ashley Fisher.

De Groot was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was just three years old. Her dad said she was able to win at all the sports she played because she never gave up on her goals. “Dede never gave up,” he told reporters last week. “Even when she had problems with her leg, she still played, and she still practices and that’s why she’s still doing so well.”

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