Photo: Tommy Hindley / Professional SportLucy Shuker (GBR)
LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN: All the seeds were in action today in the women’s doubles quarter finals. Number one seeds Esther Vergeer and Marjolein Buis started their campaign for gold by beating the Colombian pairing of Angelica Bernal and Johanna Martinez 6-0 6-1. This was the first time of that these pairs had met and Vergeer commented post match that “you can never guess that that is going to be the score, but we knew that we had a good chance of winning”.
The British duo of Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker took to centre court against the experienced German pair of Sabine Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger. Whiley and Shuker took control quickly, delighting the centre court crowd. This partnership is growing in experience and they wrapped the match 6-3 6-3.
“I was quite nervous at the start, as soon as I played I was fine. Everyone was cheering for us” Whiley said post match. Shuker who was pleased with her serving in her match added “we have been working really hard to be a team and we are working really well together”.
The British will now face he second Dutch pair of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot, who beat the Korean pair Myung-Hee Hwang and Ju-Youn Park 6-0 6-2 in a little under an hour. The Japanese pair of Kanako Domori and Yui Kamiji had a closely fought battle against Thailand’s Ratana Techamaneewat and Sakhorn Khanthasit. Thailand won the first set on a tie-break, but the number four seeds Japanese broke Thailand early in the second set. Then in an exchange of break Thailand took the match 7-6 7-6.
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