Lucy Shuker has reached her second Australian Open doubles final as she recorded a straight sets wins with Dutch partner Marjolein Buis at Melbourne Park.
Second seeds Shuker and Buis came from 3-2 down in the opening set of their semi-final against Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands before finally making a string of set points count and took what proved to be a decisive 5-3 lead in the second set en route to wrapping up a 7-5, 6-3 victory.
Shuker and Buis will face Dutch top seeds and Wimbledon champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot in Friday's final as Shuker, also a former finalist at Wimbledon, bids for her first Grand Slam title.
Shuker's doubles semi-final victory brought some recompense for her earlier women's singles semi-final loss to world No. 4 Ellerbrock. Despite Shuker putting up a great effort in her first Australian Open semi-final, Ellerbrock eventually edged to a 7-6(1), 7-5 victory.
Andy Lapthorne faces a crucial final round robin-robin match on Friday in Melbourne if he is to reach his second Grand Slam quad singles final after a tremendous comeback by the Brit ended in a narrow loss to American world No. 1 David Wagner
World No. 4 Lapthorne came back from 4-0 down against world No. 1 David Wagner to level the opening set of their match at 5-5 before Wagner eventually snatched the set 7-5. However, Lapthorne raced through the second set and pushed Wagner close in the decider before the American eventually clinched a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 victory.
With Lapthorne having beaten American Nick Taylor in his opening match on Wednesday and Taylor having subsequently beaten Sweden's world No. 5 Hard, Lapthorne will now face Hard in his final round-robin match, having beaten the Swedish player in a similar scenario last weekend to win the Melbourne Open title.View the wheelchair tennis draw here.
Novak Djokovic produced the display of day 11 as he powered past David Ferrer to reach his fourth final in Melbourne. The top seeded Serb was dominant in all areas and completed a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory after just an hour and 29 minutes.
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka squandered five match points against young American Sloane Stephens before converting her sixth to win 6-1, 6-4 and book her place in the final. Li Na will face Azarenka on Saturday after producing a wonderful display against Maria Sharapova winning 6-2, 6-2.
Five-time former Champions Bob and Mike Bryan moved into the final of the Men's doubles with a three set defeat of Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. The American twins will face face surprise finalists Robin Haase and Igot Sijsling as the Dutch team defeated Barclays ATP World Tour Finals winners Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 7-5, 6-4.