St Louis | Shuker into the semi-finals
Day two of the USTA US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships saw Britain’s Lucy Shuker continue her impressive run of form in doubles competition.
Partnering Japan’s Yui Kamiji, the pair scored a straight sets victory over Natalie Mayara and Mackenzie Soldan 6-2 6-1 and booked themselves a spot in the women’s doubles semis at the final Super Series event of the year.
The win builds on Shuker’s consistent form in doubles competition this season, which has included successfully defending her mixed doubles title at the last Super Series event, The British Open, and her title win alongside Sabine Eleerbrock at last weeks Birmingham classic.
The Kamiji/Shuker partnership will now go on to play Kanako Domori and Kgothatso Montjane for a place in the finals.
And while on paper this might look like a simple test for the Brit and the World number one with Montjane, who has one of the most powerful serves in the women’s game, at the other side of the net they will be tested.
Earlier in the day Kamiji and Shuker were locked in another battle for a Super series semi-final spot in the women’s singles.
This time on opposite sides of the net it was top seed Kamiji who came out on top 6-1 6-1. She will now go on to play Aniek Van Koot for a place in the final.
More British success in singles
Alfie Hewett kicked off his campaign in style against Casey Ratzlaff, coming through in straight sets 6-0 6-0 and earning himself a place in the men’s singles.
He’ll now go on to face a familiar foe in his quarter-final, France’s Nicolas Peifer, who he has met on the singles court four times already this year.
And with the 2017 head to head currently at two wins a piece and the career head to head only just tipping in Hewett’s favour – the pair have met 11 times and the British number two has won six of the encounters – this match should be exciting and close.
But Hewett was not the only Brit to book themselves a place in the next round of the men’s competition.
British number one Gordon Reid came through his R16 match against Mexico’s Carlos Muro 6-1 6-0.
And waiting at the other side of the net for him in the quarter-final will be a player with whom he has shared the singles and doubles court with on a fair few occasions, Japan’s Shingo Kunieda.
Elsewhere Andy Lapthorne saw off his opponent Steven Baxter in straight sets 6-1 6-2 earning himself a spot in the quarter-finals of the quads singles.
He’ll now go on to play Canada’s Mika Ishikawa, who came from a set down to book her place in the next round with a thrilling there setter against Britain’s Antony Cotterrill 4-6 6-4 7-6.