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It's not all about Murray – British wheelchair tennis achieves memorable 'first'



July 10, 2012
Women's Wheelchair doubles team, Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley upset the odds in their semi-final on Friday defeating 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.

Hopefully it's made the British public more aware of what a brilliant sport wheelchair tennis is, whether to watch or try yourself

Shuker and Whiley, ranked number 8 in the world for doubles, faced Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot in the final on Court Three. The Dutch pair, who are both in the world's top five for doubles (and singles), were too strong and won 6-1, 6-2 to claim their first Wimbledon title after finishing runners-up last year.

"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.

The world's top players will be heading to the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham for the final Super Series event before the London 2012 Paralympics from July 17-22.

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