Lucy Shuker lifts inaugural Georgia Open doubles title in USA

Lucy Shuker lifts inaugural Georgia Open doubles title in USA
Lucy Shuker

The first of two back-to-back tournaments in the USA for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme saw Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Antony Cotterill contest the Georgia Open in Rome, USA, a new addition to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour calendar in 2018.

Shuker completed the ITF 1 Series event on a high on Sunday, partnering Diede de Groot of the Netherlands to win the women’s’s doubles title. Second seeds Shuker and de Groot dug deep to claim a second set tie-break and from a set down went on wrap up a 2-6, 7-6(2), (10-5) victory over the all-Dutch top-seeded partnership of Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot after a deciding match tie-break.

“It was quite an intense match and coming from behind to win is always a nice feeling. We were a set and 4-5 down,” said Shuker after winning her second doubles title of 2018.

“Diede is always great to play with and, having played together a few times now, we know how we need to play. So although it wasn’t always happening we knew where we wanted to be and just kept working together to play our game and it paid off. We are now playing together again next week, too, so it’s a great way to be heading to the Cajun Classic.”

Shuker and de Groot are now unbeaten in four doubles events and 11 matches together since first pairing up to win the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters in November 2016.

All three Brits move on to the Cajun Classic Super Series in Baton Rouge, where they will be joined by Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne. The Cajun Classic begins on Tuesday.

Tournament Draws

17/03/18

Lucy Shuker takes British title hopes into Sunday’s last day of the Georgia Open after reaching the women’s doubles final alongside Diede de Groot of the Netherlands.

Second seeds Shuker and de Groot secured a 6-1 , 6-4 semi-final victory over fourth seeds Natalia Mayara and Kgothatso Montjane. They face the all-Dutch top seeded pairing of Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot in the final.

Shuker’s women’s singles campaign came to an end with a 6-1, 6-2 semi-final loss to world No.2 and top seed de Groot. Meanwhile, Gordon’s Reid’s men’s singles challenge also came to an end in the semi-finals when he was edged out by top seed and world No.2 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina 7-6(6), 1-6, 7-5.

16/03/18

Lucy Shuker produced a stellar performance to book her place in the women’s singles semi-finals at the Georgia Open, while Gordon Reid also progressed to the last four in the men’s singles on the third day of this week’s ITF 1 Series event.

Shuker, the sixth seed this week in Rome, USA, beat South African fourth seed Kgothatso Montjane 6-1, 6-3 as the British No.1 set up a semi-final against Dutch world No.2 Diede de Groot.

Shuker and de Groot later combined forces to reach the semi-finals of the women’s doubles. The second seeds swept past Chinese duo Hui Min Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu 6-0, 6-1. They now play the fourth seeds, Brazil’s Natalia Mayara and Montjane, for a place in Sunday’s final.

With just singles competition to focus on this week, world No.5 and fourth seed Reid finished strongly to beat Dutch eighth seed Maikel Scheffers 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in his quarter-final. Reid takes on top seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina on Saturday in a bid to reach the final.

15/03/18

Lucy Shuker produced a fine performance to book her place in the women’s singles quarter-finals on Thursday’s second day of the Georgia Open. Shuker overcame a potentially tricky opponent in China’s Hui Min Huang, winning 6-0, 5-7, 6-2. The British No.1 and sixth seed will now meet South African fourth seed Kgothatso Montjane in a bid to reach the semi-finals.

Shuker and Gordon Reid both go in singles quarter-finals on Friday, while Shuker meets Huang once more in what again is a tricky women’s doubles quarter-final. Shuker and her Dutch partner Diede de Groot play the all-Chines partnership of Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu.

It was a mixed second day for Antony Cotterill. After his first round quad singles main draw loss Cotterill beat Canada’s Gary Luker to earn a consolation singles semi-final against the USA’s Greg Hasterok. However, Cotterill’s quad doubles campaign came to an early end after Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva and Lucas Sithole of South Africa beat Cotterill and the USA’s Nick Taylor 6-1, 6-3.

Gordon Reid in action
Gordon Reid

14/03/18

There were mixed fortunes for the Brits on Wednesday’s opening day of play in Rome as Gordon Reid booked his place in the men’s singles quarter-finals, but Antony Cotterill’s quad singles campaign came to an end.

Fourth seed Reid plays Dutch eight seed Maikel Scheffers next for a place in the men’s semi-finals after beating Gaeten Menguy of France 6-0, 6-2.

Lucy Shuker begins her women’s singles challenge on Thursday with a tough challemge against Hui Min Huang of China. Shuker and her Dutch partner Diede de Groot are second seeds for the women’s doubles and after a first round bye they could also face the Chinese partnership of Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu for a place in the semi-finals.

Cotterill’s title hopes in Rome continue with a quad doubles quarter-final in which he partners the USA’s Nick Taylor. The second seeds take on Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva and Lucas Sithole of South Africa. Cotterill will be looking to reverse the outcome of his opening singles match, which Silva won 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

13/03/18

All three Brits are seeded for this week’s ITF 1 Series event, with Reid and Cotterill in action on Wednesday’s first day of play.

Anony Cotterill at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Antony Cotterill

Reid’s first tournament since reaching the semi-finals of Rotterdam’s World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament sees the world No.5 and fourth seed play Gaetan Menguy of France for a place in the men’s singles quarter-finals.

Most recently a quarter-finalist at Preston Indoor and Bolton Indoor, Cotterill is fourth seed for the quad singles and the world No.7 will also bid to reach the last eight in Rome when he takes on Ymanitu Silva of Brazil.

Shuker is sixth seed for the women’s singles and after a first round bye the British No.1 and world No.8 will play either Hui Min Huang of China or Elizabeth Williams of the USA in the last 16.