Team USA Wins Four Medals In Parapan Am Games

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Team USA won four medals in the wheelchair tennis competition at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto this week, tied with Brazil for the most of any nation.

Top seed Kaitlyn Verfuerth collected a silver medal in the women’s singles competition and Emmy Kaiser won a bronze in the same event. Verfuerth, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Wednesday, and Kaiser, 25, also teamed up to win bronze in the women’s doubles.

World No. 18 Verfuerth – who took home the gold medal in the 2007 Parapan Am Games – dropped just six games en route to the final, where she fell to Brazilian Natalia Mayara, 7-6(4), 6-2. Mayara previously defeated No. 2 seed Kaiser in Wednesday’s semifinals, but the Kentucky native responded by beating fourth-seeded Chilean Francisca Mardones, 6-1, 6-1, in the bronze medal match.

“This week has been amazing,” Verfuerth said. “To have the honor to represent the USA and win two medals is such an exciting accomplishment. I am disappointed that I couldn’t bring home the gold, however I am looking forward to getting home, getting back on court, and improving on the things I need to work on. In big competitions like this one you can really take away what you need to work on … I can only leave this city with happy memories.”

Added Kaiser: “I had a great time here in Toronto. Glad I got to finish on a high note and can’t wait to see where we can get as a team leading up to Rio.”

In the men’s events, Jon Rydberg won America’s second silver medal in the tennis competition. The 37-year-old from Minnesota, also a gold medal winner in 2007, fell to Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, 6-1, 6-2, in the gold medal match on Centre Court. Rydberg and Steve Baldwin, 44, were defeated in the bronze medal match in the men’s doubles competition on Thursday.

The four medals in wheelchair tennis upped the total medal count for the U.S. to 116, which trails only host nation Canada (145) and Brazil (219) as of Friday.

In 2011, the U.S. won five medals in the wheelchair tennis competition, including three gold, one silver and one bronze. Click here to see complete results from Team USA at the 2015 Parapan Am Games.

By Ashley Marshall/USTA.com

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