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Delight for Shuker after mixed doubles victory in British Open

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There was delight for Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker as she and partner Stephane Houdet won the British Open Mixed Doubles title in Nottingham.

But while there was reason for Shuker and Frenchman Houdet to celebrate, on the other side of the net was Shuker’s fellow Brit Alfie Hewett and Dana Mathewson of the United States.

Shuker and Houdet took the first set 6-3, and came back from 5-4 down in the second to win 7-5.

“It was really good fun, Stephane is a great partner to play with and is always encouraging,” said Shuker. 

“Dana and Alfie played really well but for me it was just total enjoyment.”

It proved to be a doubly disappointing day for Hewett, who also lost out in the men’s singles final after a tremendous run in the competition.

The Brit fought valiantly back from 4-0 against world number one Gustavo Fernandez to level at 4-4. However, the Argentine found an extra gear to take the set 6-4, and raced into a 3-0 lead in the second.

Hewett rallied once more to level the set at 3-3, but Fernandez kicked on for the second time in the match and secured a 6-4 6-3 win to give him his first British Open title.

In the quad singles, Andy Lapthorne carried British hopes of a title win going into the final day of the ITF Super Series tournament at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

However, the world number two came up against the only man in the world ranked higher than him, David Wagner of the United States.

And Wagner proved to be too strong for the Brit, winning 6-3 6-1 to add to the quad doubles title he won on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Yui Kamiji, who won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title for the fourth year in a row with Jordanne Whiley earlier this summer, triumphed in the women’s singles.

There was much to cheer about in the juniors for Great Britain, with Welsh player Fran Smith and Scot Ruairi Logan winning the girls' singles and boys' singles titles respectively.

Ben Bartram triumphed in the boys' singles Division 2, while Logan and Ellie Robertson came out on top in the final of the junior mixed doubles.

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