Gordon Reid and Lucy Shuker won Saturday’s Korea Open men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis singles finals at Seoul’s Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Saturday’s double success meant a clean sweep of all three titles contested by the two Brits at the ITF 1 Series event after Shuker also won her third Korea Open women’s doubles title on Friday’s penultimate day of competition.
With top seed Reid concentrating his efforts on the men’s singles this week the world No.5 claimed straight sets wins over Myung-Ho Bae of Korea, eighth seed Satoshi Saida of Japan and fourth seed Ben Weekes of Australia to earn his place in Saturday’s final against Japanese second seed Takashi Sanada. Rio Paralympic champion Reid saved his best performance until last, racing to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over world No.8 Sanada.
“I’m very pleased with the performance today against a top level opponent. I played positively and was clinical throughout the match. It’s great preparation for the start of a busy summer season,” said Reid, who will now bid to defend his Japan Open men’s singles title in Iizuka from Monday.
Straight sets wins over In Kyung Han of Korea and Japanese third seed Manami Tanaka secured 2015 Korea Open champion and this year’s top seed Shuker a return to the women’s singles final in Seoul and guaranteed a match-up with her doubles partner, Italian second seed Giulia Capocci. World No.8 Shuker completed a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Capocci to ensure she leaves Seoul as a double champion for the second time in four years.
Shuker and Capocci also justified top seeding in the women’s doubles, defeating the second seeds, Ju-Youn Park of Korea and Tanaka, 6-2, 7-6(3) in Friday’s final as Shuker claimed her third Korea open doubles title after previous victories in the event in 2012 and 2015.
Shuker is unbeaten in her last four doubles events since mid-March and unbeaten in her last 14 doubles matches in all competition as she heads to next week’s Japan Open, where she will bid for her fourth successive doubles title at Super Series level, the highest tier of wheelchair tennis tournament outside of the Grand Slams.
Reid and Shuker will be joined at the Japan Open in Iizuka by fellow Brits Alfie Hewett and Antony Cotterill.
Picture courtesy of The Tennis Foundation, with thanks.