Lucy Shuker wants to continue feeding off the passionate home support on Eton Manor’s centre court as she closes in on singles glory.
Taunton’s Shuker is into the quarter-finals in London, just one win away from a shot at a first Paralympic medal following a dominant win over American Emmy Kaiser.
The British number one 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 progression 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.
“The crowd is fantastic, they really do help the British players as they are really right behind us. 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.”
Shuker showed her class throughout and took just 18 minutes to win the first set as Kaiser struggled with her own serve, and that of Shuker.
The American did manage to win two games in the second set, but the home star remained too strong, taking it inside 26 minutes.
“The strategy for my next game will be to win,” said Shuker. “I want to keep the ball in the court and not near the opponent.
“Hopefully the crowd will be helping me and not the others.”
Ireland’s Michael McKillop sealed his status as the world’s greatest Paralympic middle-distance runner by making it double gold. The 22-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, obliterated the opposition to claim the most convincing of victories in the T37 1500 metres.
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