Five for Five:
Team USA at ParaPan 2019
Victoria Chiesa | September 5, 2019
The red, white and blue flew proudly in Lima, Peru at the recently-concluded Parapan American Games.
Each member of the six-player contingent from Team USA came home with at least one medal, giving the US the most hardware overall in the tennis event.
American No. 1 Dana Mathewson took home a team-best two on the women's side. Mathewson and Emmy Kaiser took home gold in women’s doubles after beating the Colombian team of Angelica Bernal and Johana Martinez 6-3, 7-5, in the final match.
The San Diego native also bested her doubles partner 6-3, 7-5, to win the bronze in singles.
"I'd never been to a Parapan Games before, so I didn't really have expectations for myself," Mathewson said. "To come away with two medals, and much less a gold one, is really exciting and gives you a lot of confidence."ADVERTISEMENT
Adding to the haul of medals was Bryan Barten, Chris Herman, Casey Ratzlaff and David Wagner. Wagner and Barten won the silver and bronze, respectively, in the men's quad singles, while Herman and Ratzlaff won the silver in men's doubles.
Barten, Mathewson and Wagner are representing the team in more ways than one at the US Open. The trio is not only competing for Grand Slam glory in New York, but will be honored in an on-court ceremony that celebrates their achievements in-between Thursday's women's singles semifinals.
"My teammates and I are beyond flattered to be getting that recognition, but at the same time, we feel like we deserve it," Mathewson added. "I'm just really excited for the opportunity. Winning a medal is one thing, but winning it with USA on your back is an extra added bonus, like a special honor. It was a kind of surreal experience.
"To be able to have that exposure and be able to be honored like that in the first place is really flattering, but to have that be on a stage like Ashe, is incredible."