June 6, 2018
Maria Sharapova is out of Roland Garros, comprehensively beaten, 6-2, 6-1 by the big-hitting Garbine Muguruza in their quarter-final.
The reigning Wimbledon champion will now play the world number one, Simona Halep, who defeated Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2.
Given Muguruza’s extraordinary form, Halep will have her work cut out to progress to the final, despite her superior ranking.
Meanwhile Lucy Shuker, the wheelchair tennis star we are so proud to sponsor, showed some more sparkling form for her country at the World Team Cup recently.
Here she is to tell you all about it.
Last week I proudly represented Great Britain at my 11th World Team Cup event which was held in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
The World Team Cup event in wheelchair tennis is the equivalent of the Davis Cup or Fed Cup competitions for able bodied players. In the Women’s event 12 countries compete across one week. Nations placed 1-8 retain their status in the world group while the 4 remaining countries are relegated to qualification the following year. Having missed the event in 2016 & 2017, Great Britain’s women were forced to qualify this year at the European qualification event in Portugal in April
We came through qualifying unbeaten and headed into the World Team Cup as 3rd seeds. We were then drawn into a group of 3 with USA and Thailand. Both these countries had the potential to be extremely tricky competitors and our group was very quickly nicknamed the group of death.
To come through that group unbeaten was an incredible achievement, especially as the whole team really pulled together and individually contributed to the results which was a really nice feeling.
Personally I felt really proud of my singles performances, finishing the week unbeaten and earning results against the Thailand No.#1, USA No.#1, Chinese No.#1 and French No.#1 seeds to help contribute to a Brilliant Bronze for the GB Women’s Team.
GBR v Thailand
Shuker v Khanthasit 6-2 5-7 6-4
GBR v USA
Shuker v Mathewson 4-6 7-6(1) 6-2
GBR v China
Shuker v Zhu 6-4 7-5
GBR v France
Shuker v Famin 6-2 6-1