Shuker misses out in doubles final in MelbourneBy Laura Nightingale
January 25, 2013
FLEET’S wheelchair tennis pro Lucy Shuker has suffered defeat at the Australian Open in Melbourne Park.
Shuker, ranked seventh in the world, lost 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 in the wheelchair singles match semi-finals to Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock.
The 32-year-old and her partner Marjolein Buis did progress to the finals of the women’s doubles.
Shuker and her Dutch team-mate won a long seventh game to lead 4-3, but Dutch top seeds and Wimbledon champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot came back to win the next three games on Friday (January 25).
Shuker is Britain’s highest ranking ladies wheelchair tennis player, who made history at the London 2012 Paralympics winning the first ladies Paralympic medal with her doubles partner Jordanne Whiley.
She began playing wheelchair tennis at Aldershot Tennis Centre in 2003 before she made her Paralympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.