By Glenys Furness
- Ryan Peniston made first ATP Challenger final
- Brit defeated 2 seeds en route
- Only dropped one set before the final
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, Ryan Peniston made his first challenger final. The Brit took out the sixth seed and eighth seed along the way.
Brit of the Week
Ryan Peniston entered the ATP Challenger event in Prague and was unseeded. In the first round Peniston drew eighth seed Jiljan Zekic. The Serbian was the favourite for the match, however the Brit got off to a flying start. Peniston broke at will in the first set as Zekic struggled with their game. In the second set Peniston continued the form from the first set. The Serbian was clearly struggling and retired from the match. The Brit moved into the next round 6-0, 4-1 (RET).
In the second round the Brit was against the qualifier Uladzimir Ignatik. The Brit dominated the first set as the Ignatik struggled with serve. However, the Belarussian fought back in the second set to level up the match. The final set saw Peniston re-group and break serve of Ignatik to move into the quarter final 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against Facundo Diaz Acosta. The Argentine tried to stay with the Brit in the first set. However, Peniston got the break of serve needed to move ahead. This seemed to break the spirit of the Argentine as the Brit dominated the second set and moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
In the semi-final Peniston was against Genaro Alberto Olivieri. The Argentine was no match for Pensiton in the first set, as the Brit dominated losing only one game. The second set was much closer. Olivieri stayed with the Brit until right at the end of the set, where Peniston secured the break and moved into the final 6-1, 7-5.
The final saw the Brit against Italian Franco Agamenone. The Italian broke the serve of Peniston in the first set and although the Brit tried, he could not break back. The second set was dominated by Agamenone who broke the Brit several times to lift the title 6-3, 6-1.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jack Draper was defeated by Aziz Dougaz in the first round in Barletta 6-3, 6-2.
Jay Clarke was defeated by Andrea Vavassori in the first round in Barletta 6-3, 6-4.
Harry Wendelken was defeated by Felix Gill in the second round in Poznan 6-1, 6-4.
Felix Gill was defeated by Shintaro Mochizuki in the quarter-final in Poznan 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3.
Freya Christie was defeated by Conny Perrin in the first round in Vigo 6-2, 6-3.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Julita Saner in the first round in Vigo 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Arthur Fery was defeated by Raphael Collignon in the quarter-final in Huy 6-3, 6-3.
Emily Arbuthnott was defeated by Silvia Ambrosio in the quarter-final in Wanfercee-Baulet 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Sara Bejlek in the second round in Prerov 7-6(5), 6-4.
Next Week Brits play in Flushing Meadows, Como, Mallorca, Switzerland, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Montenegro, Tunisia, Italy & Belgium.
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