Lucy Shuker is going nowhere after her fourth Paralympics ended with doubles silver.

The Fleet wheelchair tennis star fell to 6-0 6-1 defeat alongside Jordanne Whiley at the hands of Dutch duo Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot in Tokyo.

It was the pair’s best-ever Paralympic result having won bronze together at London 2012 and Rio 2016, first combining at Beijing 2008.

Whiley, who gave birth to son Jackson in 2018, has confirmed Tokyo will be her final Games given the demands of juggling motherhood and the international circuit.

Rather than that forcing her to consider her own future Shuker, 41, is looking ahead and already scouting potential partners for Paris 2024.

“People ask me whether I'll keep going because I am a bit older,” she said.

“But I'm still enjoying it, still performing and playing well. Tennis takes its toll, it's tough physically and you travel so much.

“There are some British players out there and it's only three years to wait, Paris is just around the corner for us.

“Who knows, if I can qualify and if the other girls who are coming up can qualify, who knows.”

Whiley came through an emotional bronze medal match on Friday night, beating Van Koot 6-4 6-7 6-4 to secure a maiden singles medal at the Games.

Shuker was at Centre Court to cheer on her team-mate and admitted that her team-mate’s solo exploits had an impact.

“With the weather, the scheduling, it's really tough for Jordanne,” she said.

“To get to bed so late and have to prepare again for a big match today, it's tough.

“I was lucky that I watched her but I went back and I was tucked up in bed.

“She deserved it, she got to the bronze medal of the singles which is a fantastic achievement. You can't change that. It is what it is.”

The Netherlands have won every single women’s doubles gold medal on offer at the Paralympics, while Shuker and Whiley are Britain’s most successful pairing ever.

“We got the silver this time, in Rio they got gold and silver which is a bit greedy,” said Shuker, whose ParalympicsGB journey is supported by Sainsbury's.

“But fair play to them, they're a strong nation.

“As a nation, they seem to have the training sorted and they're just producing players. We need to step up and try to beat them.”

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