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Shuker loving home crowd's central role

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

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Lucy Shuker wants to continue feeding off the passionate home support on Eton Manor's centre court as she closes in on wheelchair tennis singles glory.

Shuker is into the quarter-finals, one win away from a shot at a first Paralympics medal, after conquering America's Emmy Kaiser.

The British number one, who trains in Taunton, dropped just two games and sealed a 6-0, 6-2 straight-sets victory to set up a last-eight clash with third seed Jiske Griffioen, of the Netherlands.

Despite being ranked lower than Griffioen, who saw off South Africa's Kgothatso Montjane 6-2, 6-2 in her last-16 tie, Shuker will be confident of further progress based on her centre court experience so far.

"Emmy [Kaiser] has the ability to hit lines, so I know she's a tough opponent. When's she's on her game, she is pretty hard," said the 32-year-old.

"I think the crowd maybe got to her a bit and they gave me a lot more. I just didn't seem to miss much, which was great.

"For me, I'm really loving being out on centre court. It's the second match I've played and I felt more at home than in my first game, and I'm looking forward to coming back. Hopefully the crowd will be helping me and not the others."

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