Shuker and Whiley finish runners-up at Wimbledon

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Shuker and Whiley finish runners-up at Wimbledon

Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley have finished as runners-up in the Wheelchair Ladies Doubles event at The Championships, Wimbledon.


Shuker and Whiley, ranked No. 8 and 10 in the world for doubles respectively, faced Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot in the final on Court Three.

But the Dutch pair, who are both in the world's top five for doubles, were too strong and won 6-1, 6-2 to claim their first Wimbledon title after reaching the final last year.

The British duo had upset the odds in their semi-final on Friday defeating the second seeds Sharon Walraven and Annick Sevenans 7-6(5), 6-3 to become the first all-British wheelchair tennis team to reach a final at Wimbledon.

"We did pretty well just to reach the final and it's a shame we couldn't push Jiske and Aniek a bit harder but it was a great experience and we still have a few more tournaments to work on our partnership ahead of the Paralympics in September," said Shuker.

"It was my first time in a final at Wimbledon and I won't forget the experience. The crowds were amazing and hopefully it's made the British public more aware of what a brilliant sport wheelchair tennis is, whether to watch or try yourself," added Whiley.



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