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TENNIS: Shuker continues doubles success
7:10am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
TAUNTON'S Lucy Shuker made it eight titles in five years at the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Hilton Head, USA over the weekend.
British players on the Tennis Foundation's Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme claimed a clean sweep of the men's and women's singles and doubles titles for the fourth time in five years.
Shuker stayed unbeaten in five women's doubles events since 2009 at the ITF 2 Series tournament when she partnered fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley to their third crown together in South Carolina, but it was doubles partner Whiley who eventually thwarted Shuker's bid for a fourth women's singles titles in five years.
Shuker and Whiley, who previously won the women's doubles title together in Hilton Head in 2009 and 2010, dropped just three games to reach Saturday's final.
The top seed made a fine start against American duo Shelby Baron and Kaiser and then dominated the final set for a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
Apart from her three doubles titles with Whiley, Shuker also partnered British No. 3 Louise Hunt to victory at the PTR Championships in 2011 before teaming up with Germany's Katharina Kruger to win again in 2012.
British No. 1 Shuker was also top seed for the women's singles and after a first round bye she dropped just three games to Baron in the quarter-finals and just two games to Chilean third seed Francisca Mardones in the semi-finals.
However, having beaten Whiley in the women's singles final in Hilton Head in 2009, world No. 7 Shuker had a much tougher time this year against world No. 8 and second seed Whiley and as Britain's top two ranked players went head-to-head for the title once again Whiley eventually recorded a 6-2, 7-5 victory.
“Jordanne's always a tough opponent to play and we know each other's games so well, but she was the better player on the day in the singles, so I've got to say well done to her,” said Shuker.
"That said, I've got to be pleased with eight titles here since 2009 and I'm very satisfied to have been unbeaten in the doubles in the last five years. I love coming here, it's a lovely setting for a tournament and I've only lost two matches here since 2009, both in singles finals, so hopefully I'll be back next year to try and regain the title.”