Great Britain Claim World Team Cup Silver Medal
Great Britain’s women claimed silver in the final of the World Team Cup.
British duo Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley, who claimed a historic women’s doubles bronze at London 2012 last year, were edged out by top seeds Netherlands in the final in Antalya, Turkey.
Shuker and Whiley earned a spot in the final with a gutsy 2-1 win over Germany in Thursday’s semi-final.
Whiley made an encouraging start to the final but went down 7-5, 6-2 in the first singles rubber to Jiske Griffioen.
To keep Great Britain in the tie Shuker had to see off world no. 1 Aniek van Koot in the second singles rubber and soon found herself 5-1 down in the opening set.
Shuker battled back to make it 5-3 but van Koot eventually proved too strong, completing a 6-3, 6-2 victory to give the Netherlands a 26th World Team Cup women’s title.
Shuker said: “We are delighted to have come away from the World Team Cup with silver, it wasn’t gold but we came up against a very good Netherlands side and have to be very proud of a silver medal.”
Whiley said: “Netherlands gave us a really tough test but I’m so proud that we were able to get to the final as there were some great teams in this competition.
“I’ve had a bronze and a silver in the World Team Cup at senior level so the next logical step is for Lucy and I to push on and make it a gold next time around.”
The World Team Cup is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup.