British No 7 Peniston’s remarkable run at Queen’s continues with victory over Cerundolo

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British No 7 Ryan Peniston’s remarkable run at Queen’s continues with stunning victory over world No 44 Francisco Cerundolo to reach the last eight at the cinch Championships

  • Ryan Peniston has emerged as the standard bearer at the cinch Championships
  • The 26-year-old was roared to a second round victory at Queen’s on Thursday
  • Peniston defeated Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, ranked 136 places higher 

From the original entry of seven British players into the cinch Championships few would have expected Ryan Peniston to emerge as the standard bearer.

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Yet the 26 year-old world number 180 is into the quarter finals after being roared to a second round victory by the usually sedate crowd at the Queen’s Club.

British No 7 Peniston defeated Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, ranked 136 places higher, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 to follow up his win over French Open finalist Casper Ruud.

Ryan Peniston was roared to a second round victory over Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo

The lefthander hails from Southend – the same territory as the illustrious Lloyd brothers – and has arrived via an academy in Nice and the University of Memphis.

‘I don’t want to wake up from this any time soon,’ he said, after soaking up the acclaim of the sun-drenched 9,500-capacity main court, not the kind of arena he is used to seeing in his usual habitat of the Challenger circuit.

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Already granted a main draw wildcard for Wimbledon the week after next, he was awaiting the winner of American Sam Querrey and Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.

He came from a break down in the decider, and won the match with a stupendous forehand return winner at the first time of asking, reeling off the last four games.

British No 7 Peniston defeated Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, ranked 136 places higher

British No 7 Peniston defeated Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, ranked 136 places higher

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