Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt secured a Brit clean sweep of the women’s singles and doubles titles at the Israel Open, which came to an end on Friday with second seed Shuker dominating the women’s singles final and beating German top seed and world No.6 Katharina Kruger 6-0, 6-2.
British No.1 and world No.8 Shuker joins Hunt on the women’s singles roll of honour after Hunt also won the Israel Open title in both 2012 and 2016.
“I’ve played some really good, solid tennis this week, so I’m very happy,” said Shuker
Just over a week after joining forces to win Great Britain’s all-important deciding doubles rubber against Russia at the World Team Cup European Qualification in Portugal, Shuker and Hunt beat Kruger and Natalia Mayara in Thursday’s women’s doubles final.
“I’m really pleased to have got another doubles title under my belt and to have continued my winning streak, and very pleased with my performance this week back here at the Israel Open,” said Hunt after she and Shuker both made it three doubles titles in a row.
Another successful tournament for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme also saw Richard Green finish runner-up in the quad doubles in Ramat Hasharon, partnering Sweden’s Petter Edstrom. Green also beat Edstrom 6-0, 6-2 to win the quad consolation singles final.
Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt justified top seeding to win the women’s doubles crown on the penultimate day of the Israel Open as Shuker also won their all-Brit women’s singles semi-final.
Hunt and Shuker beat second seeds Katharina Kruger of Germany and Natalia Mayara of Brazil 6-3, 6-1 as both Brits made it three doubles titles in a row this season, although it was their first title of 2018 together. Hunt has now won four Israel Open doubles titles after previous victories in the event in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
We won!!!! Israel Open doubles champions! Nice to get another win with @lucy_shuker this week! #israelopen #unolucy #winnerwinnerchickendinner #doubleswinners #wheelchairtennis pic.twitter.com/JWht9WztUW
— Louise Hunt (@LouiseHunt1) April 26, 2018
Shuker followed up doubles victories at the Georgia Open and the Cajun Classic in the USA, with Hunt adding to women’s doubles victories earlier this year at the Biel-Bienne Indoor in Switzerland and the Alpi Del Mare ITF 3 in Cuneo, Italy. After twice playing together in doubles rubbers at the recent World Team Cup European Qualification Shuker is now unbeaten in 12 doubles matches, with Hunt unbeaten in her last nine double matches.
While the women’s doubles final ended 6-3, 6-1, so did Shuker and Hunt’s singles semi-final as world No.8 Shuker booked her place in Friday’s final against top seed and world No.6 Kruger.
Richard Green will play his doubles partner Petter Edstrom in Friday’s quad singles consolation final after the duo finished runners-up in the quad doubles. Second seeds Green and Edstrom lost out 6-4, 6-0 in Thursday’s final to top seeds Ymanitu Silva of Brazil and Shraga Weinberg of Israel.
Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt wasted little time in setting up an all-Brit women’s singles semi-final in Israel after both winning their quarter-finals without dropping a single game on Wednesday.
Hunt beat Israel’s Inna Mashkovsky 6-0, 6-0 and Shuker beat Cecile Levasseur of France 6-0, 6-0.
Louise Hunt, Lucy Shuker and Richard Green all reached doubles finals as the Brits got their challenges underway on the second day of play in Ramat Hasharon.
Hunt and Shuker both extended doubles winning streaks as they added to their two wins together at the recent World Team Cup European Qualification in Portugal. The top seeds beat Cecile Levasseur of France and Ladislava Porizkova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-0 in their semi-final. They go on to play the second seeds, Germany’s Katharina Krruger and Natalia Mayara of Brazil, as Hunt and Shuker both look to claim their third straight women’s doubles title.
They begin their women’s singles campaigns on Wednesday, with second seed Shuker playing Levasseur and third seed Hunt facing Israel’s Inna Mashkovsky. Wins for both players would mean an all-Brit semi-final.
Green partnered Sweden’s Petter Edstrom to a comfortable quad doubles semi-final victory, the second seeds beating Israeli duo Ido Medalsi and Guy Vaknin 6-2, 6-0. Green and Edstrom will play either top seeds Ymanitu Silva of Brazil and Israel’s Shraga Weinberg or Haim Lev of Israel and Germany’s Nick Nobbe in the final.
Green also produced an admirable performance in his opening quad singles match against Israel’s former world No.4 Itay Erenlib, but Erenlib just had the edge to book his place in the quarter-finals 6-4, 6-4.
Shuker and Hunt are second and third seeds, respectively, for the women’s singles and both have byes through to the quarter-finals. They could potentially meet in the semi-finals. The two Brits are also top seeds for the women’s doubles as they bid to continue unbeaten winning sequences in recent tournaments.
In his first overseas tournament of 2018, reigning National champion Green is third seed for the quad singles, but he faces a tough opening match against Israel’s former world No.4 Itay Erenlib on Tuesday as Erenlib returns to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour for the first time since last September.
Green and Sweden’s Petter Edstrom are second seeds for the quad doubles and have a bye into the semi-finals.