Lucy Shuker at The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2017 | (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for The Tennis Foundation)

Tennis | Wheelchair Tennis Round Up | Shuker & Bailey claim doubles titles in Canada & Spain

By Glenys Furness

  • Lucy Shuker claimed doubles title in Canada
  • Dermot Bailey took doubles title in Spain
  • Both made semi-finals in singles
BIRMINGHAM, SASKATCHEWEN, CANADA – Lucy Shuker claimed the doubles title and made the semi-final in the singles, whilst Dermot Bailey did the same in Spain.

 

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Lucy Shuker entered the event in Canada and in the doubles was the top seed. Partnering with Dana Mathewson the Brit/American had a bye in the quarter-final. The semi-final saw Shuker & Mathewson against Canadian pair Anne-Marie Dolinar & Natalia Lanucha. The top seeds dominated from the start as the Canadians struggled to stay with them. Shuker & Mathewson moved into the final in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

The final saw Shuker & Mathewson against the second seeds Jiske Griffioen & Emmanuelle Morch. The Dutch/French pair got off to the better start and broke the serve of the Brit/American pair to take the lead. The top seeds re-grouped in the second set and dominated to level up the match. The match tiebreak saw Shuker & Mathewson edge through and take the title 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.

In the singles Shuker was also the top seed and had a bye in the first round. In the quarter-final the Brit was against Laura Goodkind. The American was no match for the Brit who dominated from the outset and took the match in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.

The semi-final saw Shuker against her doubles partner Mathewson. The Brit took the lead by breaking the serve of the American and took the set. However, the American re-grouped in the second set and dominated to level up the match. The final set was much the same, as the Brit struggled to stay with Mathewson. The American took the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

 

Madrid, Spain

Dermot Bailey teamed up with Enrique Siscar Meseguer and the pair were the top seeds and received a bye into the quarter-final. In the quarter-final the Brit/Spaniard were against the all Spanish pair of Jorge Iglesias & Juan Sanchez Aranda. The top seeds dominated from the start and got through the match only dropping one game. No matter what Iglesias & Sanchez Aranda tried, they couldn’t get back into the match and the top seeds went through 6-0, 6-1.

In the semi-final the Brit/Spaniard were against Arturo Montes Vorcy & Luis M Redondo Carmona. The Spaniards were outclassed by the top seeds as Bailey & Meseguer dominated from the start. The Spaniards struggled with the pace and game of the top seeds and soon found the match out of their control. Bailey & Meseguer moved into the final 6-1, 6-1.

The final saw the top seeds against the second seeds Francisco Garcia Vena & Geoffrey Jasiak. Bailey & Meseguer were too strong for the Spaniard/French pair. The top seeds stormed through the first set, without losing a game. The second set saw the top seeds dominate and lift the title in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.

In the singles Bailey was the second seed and had a bye into the second round. In the second round the Brit was against Carlos Leitao. The Portuguese was dominated by the Brit and struggled to get into the match. Bailey eased through into the next round 6-0, 6-1.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against Jakub Dominik Bukala. The Pole tried to put up a fight against the seed but Bailey was just too good. Bukala was broken easily by the Brit and could not get back on terms. Bailey moved into the next round in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

In the semi-final Bailey was against his doubles partner Meseguer. The Brit was dominated by the Spaniard who lost only one game en route to progressing to the final. Bailey tried to fight and hold serve, but the third seed was just too good and moved into the final 6-1, 6-0.

 

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Tabitha Fung was defeated by Christina Pesendorfer in the quarter-final in Madrid 6-0, 6-0.

Andrew Penney was defeated by Meseguer in the quarter-final in Madrid 6-1, 6-2.

Robyn Love was defeated by Lola Ochoa in the semi-final in Madrid 6-0, 6-0.

Penney with Bukala were defeated by Garcia Vena & Jasiak in the semi-final in Madrid 6-1, 6-4.

Fung & Love were defeated by Zoe Maras & Pesendorfer in the semi-final in Madrid 6-0, 6-0.

 

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