- Ryan Peniston claimed the tile in Heraklion
- Brit was third seed
- Dropped only one set en route
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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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.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Daniel Little was defeated by Yuta Shimizu in the first round in Heraklion 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Takuto Niki in the first round in Heraklion 6-3, 6-3.
Anna Popescu was defeated by Elena-Teodora Cadar in the first round in Heraklion 5-0 (RET).
Jay Clarke was defeated by Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves in the first round in Biella 6-3, 6-3.
Jack Draper was defeated by Vitaliy Sachko in the quarter-final in Jablonec nad Nisou 6-3, 3-3 (RET).
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Adrian Andreev in the semi-final in Pensacola 6-4, 6-3.
Julian Cash was defeated by Zane Khan in the second round in Tbilisi 7-6(3), 6-4.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Maria Sholokhova in the second round in Tbilisi 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Tamari Gagoshidze in the quarter-final in Tbilisi 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Freya Christie was defeated by Hwiwon Wi in the first round in Monastir 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Olga Helmi in the first round in Monastir 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.
Jodie Burrage was defeated by Sofia Shapatava in the second round in Pelham 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Cheri Darley was defeated by Karman Kaur Thandi in the first round in Platja D’Aro 6-0, 6-3.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Ane Mintegi Del Olmo in the first round in Platja D’Aro 6-1, 5-7, 10-7.
Amanda Carreras was defeated by Oksana Selekhmeteva in the third round in Platja D’Aro 6-3, 6-3.
Iman Khan was defeated by Sapfo Sakellardi in the first round in Antalya 6-1, 6-1.
Next week Brits play in Paris, Oeiras, Czech Republic, Boznia, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Romania, Greece, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain & Tunisia.
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