Lucy Shuker scored a British win at the Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis as she took the women’s doubles title with her partner Diede de Groot.
Having teamed up to win the Doubles Masters in California two weeks ago Shuker and de Groot joined forces once again in Bath, maintaining their unbeaten record together as they beat second seeds Marjolein Buis and Katharina Kruger 6-2, 6-1.
“Diede is a lovely player and it’s great to win the title here in Bath,” said Shuker. “She hits such a good ball and strikes it so well that I can trust her being behind me, hitting the big balls which then give the short balls for me to come in to the net on and put away. We’ve both said we’ve really enjoyed playing together over the last few tournaments and it’s something we would like to carry on.”
“I’m feeling good physically and mentally heading into the Singles Masters in just under two weeks’ time. It will be nice to be back in London and playing in a round robin format means you can have the odd bad game and still do well, so I’m looking forward to it,” she said.
There was disappointment, however, for Shuker’s fellow Brit Alfie Hewett as he lost a close men’s singles semi-final to the second seed Gustavo Fernandez. Having narrowly lost the first set 6-4, Hewett then opened up a 4-0 lead in the second set. However, world No. 4 and second seed Fernandez pegged him back and with some strong serving wrapped up the second set for a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Fernandez will face top seed Joachim Gerard in the final after Gerard came through against Wimbledon runner-up Stefan Olsson 6-1, 7-6(9). After a comfortable first set the second was much closer with Olsson serving for it at 5-3. However, he was unable to take his chances as Gerard booked his place in the final, winning a topsy-turvy tiebreak 11-9.
“It was a really close second set and the tiebreak was very up and down,” said Gerard. “However my game is feeling good at the moment and I’m feeling good. I’m pleased to be in the final here and will give it my all tomorrow against Fernandez, who is playing really well.”
After teaming up to win the quad doubles yesterday James Shaw and Itay Erenlib faced each other in the singles final today. World No. 5 Erenlib had too much for Shaw as he won his fourth ITF 1 level tournament 6-2, 6-2.
Tomorrow sees the men’s and women’s singles finals and the men’s doubles final on the last day of play at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Play starts at 9.45am and entry is free for all spectators.