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Shuker Claims Singles And Doubles Wins In Belgium

August 9, 2010

Lucy Shuker. Pic: Adam Fradgley

Shuker’s performances have boosted her world ranking

British wheelchair tennis number one Lucy Shuker completed a notable double with victory in the women’s singles and doubles at the Belgian Open.

Shuker’s 6-1 6-4 win over home favourite and world number eight Annick Sevenans in the singles decider was the biggest success of her career.

The Taunton-based player, who started the week ranked 12th in the world, will return to the world’s top 10.

She also teamed up with Sharon Walraven to win the doubles.

They came from a set down to beat Sevenans and Aniek van Koot in a championship tie-break 6-7(5-7) 6-2 11-9.

In the women’s singles, Shuker beat three players ranked above her in her four matches, defeating current world number four van Koot for the second time in six weeks in the quarter-finals.

She then beat world number 11 Katharina Kruger of Germany 6-2 7-5 in the semi-finals before the win over Sevenans.

“I’m on cloud nine at the moment,” said the Briton. “I’m delighted to have beaten three top players and won my first ITF 1 Series title and to have added the doubles title as well make it all even more special.”

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