The first of a series on tournaments in North America for British players in the coming weeks sees Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt in action at the Birmingham Canadian Classic in Ontario.
Lucy Shuker and Sabine Ellerbrock’s last tournament together before the US Open in New York saw the Wimbledon finalists finish runners-up in the women’s doubles in Canada.
Shuker and Ellerbrock came incredibly close to retaining their Birmingham Canadian Classic title, but lost out in a deciding match tie-break in the final as Japan’s Momoko Ohtani and Korea’s Ju-Youn Park took the crown this year 6-1, 2-6, (10-7).
Wimbledon finalists Lucy Shuker and Sabine Ellerbrock moved to within a match of a successful defence of their Birmingham Canadian Classic women’s doubles title on Saturday’s penultimate day of play in Ontario.
The top seeds beat Japan’s Kanako Domori and Emmy Kaiser of the USA 6-1, 6-0 in their semi-final, which was their first match together since finishing runners-up at SW19 last month.
Louise Hunt and her American partner Dana Mathewson fought hard in their semi-final as Hunt tried to make it two Brits through to the decider, but ultimately Hunt and Mathewson lost out to Japan’s Momoko Ohtani and Ju-Youn Park of Korea 6-4, 7-5.
It was a mixed day for the Brits on Friday’s second of play in Mississauga as Louise Hunt joined Lucy Shuker in the women’s doubles semi-finals, but both players bowed out of the women’s singles.
With Wimbledon finalists Shuker and Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany having a bye through to the last four of the women’s doubles, Hunt and Mathewson reached the last four in the opposite half of the draw. Hunt and Mathewson beat Canada’s Gillian Cruz and Joanna Nieh of the USA 6-0, 6-0.
Hunt and Mathewson face the second seeds, Ohtani and Ju-Youn Park of Korea, in Saturday’s semi-finals, when Shuker and Ellerbrock also play Kanako Domori of Japan and the USA’s Emmy Kaiser for a place in the final.
Earlier on Friday’s second day of action Shuker’s second deciding set set tie-break in succession ended in a 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(3) loss to Charlotte Famin of France, while Hunt lost out to fourth seed Mathewson 6-1, 6-3.
Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt both booked their places in the women’s singles quarter-finals after coming through two very different first round matches on the opening day of play in Mississauga, Ontario.
Hunt raced past Canada’s Gillian Cruz 6-0, 6-0 to set up a quarter-final against her doubles doubles partner, Dana Mathewson of the USA. However, Shuker had a much tougher task, eventually winning a final set tie-break against Japan’s Momoko Ohtani to advance 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3). Shuker will now play Charlotte Famin of France for a place in the semi-finals.