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Cancer survivor Ryan Peniston savours ‘dream’ run at Queen’s after overcoming Francisco Cerundolo

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Ryan Peniston Celebrates Quarterfinal Victory – GETTY IMAGES
Ryan Peniston Celebrates Quarterfinal Victory – GETTY IMAGES

Late-blooming southpaw Ryan Peniston said he was enjoying the best week of his life since scoring a goal. second unlikely Queen’s Club win and thus maintain British interest in the quarter-finals.

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After beating French Open finalist and world No. 5 Kasper Ruud on Tuesday, Peniston clashed with another clay specialist, Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.

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Peniston, a 26-year-old who has grown into a great athlete despite battling a rare form of cancer as a child, has been ardently supportive at home. He rode the wave brilliantly, coming back from losing the deciding set to win with a devastating right hand up the line.

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The organizers of the tournament, of course, thanked their stars for the early departure of the British seeded Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, as well as for the stomach injury. what ruled out Andy Murray last week – dangerously deprived them of local interest.

“It has been a roller coaster so far,” Peniston said. “Very like a dream. I can’t think of anything that surpasses it. I really didn’t see myself as the last Briton and to be honest we have such good players in Britain. But now that I’m here, I’m taking that confidence and just trying to keep it going.”

Peniston got off to such a fast start, winning the first set in just 23 minutes without missing a game, that it looked like he could make it in the blink of an eye. At this stage, Cerundolo played like a real Argentine. In other words, like a person who thinks grass is for cows.

But Peniston’s intensity dropped in the second set, allowing Cerundolo to tap into his biggest advantage, a crushing forehand that often approaches the 100 mph mark.

It was only at the last minute, when imminent exclusion threatened him, that the listless Peniston found another shot of energy. Returning to his exploits in the first set, he again began to take Cerundolo out of his comfort zone in the middle of the court. For a man ranked 180th, Peniston does a remarkable job of managing pain.

Peniston is the first significant player from Southend since the Lloyd brothers John, David and Tony, who played a big role in British tennis in the 1970s and 80s. In fact, he was given some early advice by their father, Dennis, when he was training at the Westcliff Tennis Club.

Asked who particularly inspired him to embark on a modern tour, Peniston replied: “For me, it has to be Rafa. I was in Australia at the beginning of this year, I went into the dressing room and, turning right behind me, Rafa came in. It was a small shock – it’s Rafa! – but it was definitely a cool experience to be in the same environment.

“As you get better in tennis, you see more and more of the best guys and girls, so you get used to it a bit,” Peniston added. “But the first time you get a little nervous around them, they are such big idols.”

Peniston’s surprise streak continues on Friday against Serb Filip Krajinovic, who beat Sam Querrey in three sets. Meanwhile in Birmingham Kathy Boulter for a place in the semi-finals will play with former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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