TENNIS: Lucy Shuker loses in Melbourne doubles final

This is The West Country: TENNIS: Lucy Shuker reaches Melbourne doubles final TENNIS: Lucy Shuker reaches Melbourne doubles final

ASH Priors’ Lucy Shuker, Britain’s No1 wheelchair tennis player, lost her second Australian Open women’s doubles final in Melbourne today.

Second seeds Shuker and Marjolein Buis went down 6-4, 6-3 to Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

In the semi-finals Shuker and Buis, another Dutch player, came from behind in the first set to beat Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-3.

That victory for Shuker gave her some recompense for her narrow women’s singles semi-final loss to Ellerbrock.

The world No7 reached her first singles semi-final in Melbourne after a stirring recovery to beat Australian world No8 Daniela di Toro 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Shuker then put up a fine effort against Ellerbrock but the world No4 held on to win 7-6 (1), 7-5.

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