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Last updated: 07/09/2012

Shuker and Whiley fight back to claim bronze

Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley battled back from a set down to win their bronze medal play-off and claim ParalympicsGB's second medal in wheelchair tennis.

The British pairing lost the first set on a tiebreak 7-6(8) against Thailand's Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ratana Techamaneewat but after winning a tiebreak of their own in the second set 7-2, they took the decider 6-3 to claim the final place on the podium.

Shuker and Whiley's medal – the first for British female wheelchair tennis players - follows a quad doubles silver medal won by Peter Norfolk and Andy Lapthorne earlier in the week.

Shuker said: "I'm speechless! We were so bad in the first set so now I feel disbelief that we got back into it and won.

"I tried to calm myself when we were 3-0 down in the second and it worked. When we were 5-3 up I though yes we can do this now.

"Eton Manor is the best venue I've ever played at and the crowds have been out of this world. We want to thank everyone who has supported us."

The British duo had been in superb form at Eton Manor this week, beating Germany's Sabine Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger in the quarter-final but came up short against Dutch No.2 seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot in the semi-finals.

But Shuker and Whiley refused to give up and, roared on by a passionate crowd on the Olympic Park, they claimed the nail-biting victory, saving match points along the way.

Whiley added: "I was so scared when we were facing those match points. It was my toughest time on court and we were out there so long!

"The Thai pair are so solid and just keep getting the ball back. I wanted a medal at London 2012 so much and now I've got one!"

Prime Minister David Cameron, attended the day and commented: "What a great day at Eton Manor, seeing one of the world's best athletes in any sport in Esther Vergeer. Congratulations to Jordanne and Lucy as well on their bronze - what an inspiration they are for anyone who wants to play tennis."

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