HERAKLION, CRETE, GREECE – Ryan Peniston entered the ITF event and was the third seed. The Brit only dropped one set en route to the title.
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Brit of the Week
Ryan Peniston entered the ITF event in Heraklion, where the Brit was the third seed. The first round saw the Brit against qualifier Ammar Elamin. The Irishman was totally outplayed by Peniston, who dominated the first set. Despite Elamin trying to fight back the set was gone. In the second set Elamin played better, however the Brit still secured a break of serve and took the win 6-2, 6-3.
The second round saw Peniston against Luke Johnson. The first set was very close, with neither player managing to get ahead. Eventually a tiebreak ensued, Peniston got the break on Johnson and moved ahead. In the second set Peniston managed to get a break of serve on Johnson. The third seed held serve and went on to take the win 7-6(4), 6-3.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against Alexandros Skorilas. The Greek wild card was no match for the Brit. Peniston totally dominated Skorilas and didn’t lose a game. The third seed delivered a double bagel to the Greek. Skorilas had no answer to anything the Brit threw at him, Peniston made the semi-final 6-0 6-0.
The semi-final saw the third seed against Petros Chrysochos. The Cypriot was broken in the first set as the Brit took the lead. However, Chrysochos fought back in the second set, managing to break the serve of the third seed and levelling the match. In the final set, Peniston re-grouped and managed again to break the Cypriot, booking a spot in the final 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
In the final Peniston was against the top seed Yuta Shimizu. The Japanese player stayed with the Brit at the start of the match, however, Peniston secured a break of serve to move ahead. The second set saw the Brit totally dominate Shimizu. The Japanese player was unable to win a single game and Peniston lifted the trophy 6-3, 6-0.
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