Ryan Peniston entered the Challenger event in Winnipeg and was unseeded. In the first round the Brit drew Taha Baadi. The Brit dominated from the outset. Peniston didn’t drop a game in the first set as he strolled through to take the lead. The second set was a little closer, as Baadi managed to hold serve a couple of times. Peniston managed to break frequently though and moved into the next round 6-0, 6-2.
The second round saw the Brit against Chris Harrison. Peniston again dominated from the off, with the American struggling to get into the match. The Brit again didn’t drop a game in the first set as Peniston strolled through to take the lead. The second set saw Harrison get something in the match, as he managed to hold serve. However, the Brit broke serve when needed and moved into the next round 6-0, 6-2.
In the quarter-final Peniston was against Darian King. The Barbadian struggled with the Brit game, and was unable to hold serve at all in the first set. The second set saw King hold serve just once as Peniston eased through into the next round 6-0, 6-1.
The semi-final saw the Brit against sixth seed Arthur Cazaux. Peniston got off to the better start, as the Frenchman found himself on the wrong end of a break of serve. The second set though, saw the seed re-group and dominate the Brit to level up the match. The final set was very close, as neither player could break through at the start. Eventually, when a tiebreak looked to be on the cards, the Brit broke serve and took the match 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
In the final Peniston was against Swiss player Leandro Riedi. The Brit managed to secure the vital break of serve in the first set and took the lead. The second set saw Riedi fight back, breaking Peniston and levelling up the match. The final set could have gone either way, but fortunately, Peniston broke Riedi and took the match and his first ATP Challenger title 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Billy Harris was defeated by Liam Broady in the quarter-final in Winnipeg 7-6, 6-4.
Jack Draper was defeated by Arthur Cazaux in the quarter-final in Winnipeg 6-3, 6-3.
Liam Broady was defeated by Leandro Riedi in the quarter-final in Winnipeg 6-2, 6-3.
Charles Broom was defeated by Jesper De Jong in the second round in Grodzisk Matowiecki 6-4, 6-4.
Aryana Bartlett was defeated by Radka Zelnickova in the first round in Monastir 6-0, 6-0.
Oliver Tarvet was defeated by Maxence Beauge in the second round in Monastir 7-6(2), 6-4.
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Arlinda Rushiti in the first round in Erwitte 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in the first round in Ourense 6-4, 6-2.
Next Week Brits play in Flushing Meadows, Winston-Salem, Augsburg, Zhuhai, Portugal, Belgium, Tunisia, Cleveland, Chicago, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland & Azerbaijan.
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