By Glenys Furness
- Lucy Shuker made semi-final in Geneva
- Didn’t drop a set en route
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Lucy Shuker entered the event in Geneva and was the second seed. The Brit didn’t drop a set en route to the semi-final.
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Lucy Shuker entered the ITF event in Switzerland and was the second seed. As a result, the Brit received a bye in the first round. In the second round Shuker drew Gabriela Buehler. The Swiss player was no match for the Shuker who dominated. The first set saw Buehler drop only one game to take the lead. The second set showed even more domination. The Brit broke at will and didn’t drop a set to move into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-0.
In the quarter-final Shuker was against the eighth seed Emmanuelle Morch. The Brit continued the domination shown in the previous round, as Morch struggled to get a game on the board. Shuker broke freely and soon had the set in the bag. The second set was slightly closer, as the French player managed to hold serve. Shuker, though managed to make the breakthrough and move into the semi-final 6-0, 6-3.
The semi-final saw Shuker against fourth seed Macarena Cabrillana. The Chilean managed to break the serve of the Brit in the first set and took the lead. However, the second set was much closer. Shuker managed to stay with Cabrillana, forcing a tiebreak. The breaker was tight, but it was Cabrillana that edged ahead and managed to secure the win, moving into the final 6-4, 7-6(5).
In the doubles, Shuker teamed up with Jiske Griffioen. In the quarter-final the Brit/Dutch pair were against Margaux-Méline Manciat & Aurélie Sciara. The French pair were no match for Shuker & Griffioen as the Brit/Dutch dominated both sets. Shuker & Griffioen didn’t drop a set all match and moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
The semi-final saw the Brit/Dutch pair against the top seeds Saki Takamuro & Manami Tanaka. Shuker & Griffioen were in charge in the first set. Breaking the seeds at will. Takamuro & Tanaka struggled to hold serve as the Brit/Dutch dominated and took the lead. In the second set the Japanese pair fought back. Staying with Shuker & Griffioen a tiebreak looked likely, however, the Japanese managed to break serve and level up. In the match tiebreak, the Brit/Dutch fought hard, unfortunately, the seeds just edged to take the match 1-6, 7-5, 10-8.
Richard Green also entered the event in Geneva. In the singles the Brit drew the American third seed Bryan Barten. Green broke the American to take the first set. However, Barten re-grouped and dominated the remaining sets to move into the next round 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
In the Quad doubles Green partnered up with German Marcus Laudan. The Brit/German were against Pierlin Angeli & Thomas Huguenin. The French pair were no match for Green & Laudan in the first set. The Brit/German dominated to take the set. In the second set, Angeli & Huguenin tried to fight back, however Green & Laudan broke serve to move into the semi-final 6-2, 6-3.
The semi-final pitched Green & Laudan against the second seeds Bryan Barten & David Wagner. The seeds broke in the first set to take the lead. The Brit/German tried to fight back in the second, however, the Americans were just too strong and broke serve to book a spot in the final 6-3, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Nottingham.
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