Wild card Ryan Peniston’s was beaten by Filip Krajinovic in the quarter finals of the ‘cinch Championships’ bringing to an end his dream run at Queen’s on what was the 26-year-old’s debut on the main ATP Tour.
I’m going to remember a lot from this week, for sure, Ryan Peniston
His impressive run to the last eight included the dramatic removal of the top seeded Casper Ruud of Norway and then recovering well to defeat Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in three sets.
However, he couldn’t quite match his previous performances on a hot day on the famous Queen’s Centre Court, but even so pushed the Serbian Filip Ktajinovic to the limit before conceding the match 4-6 6-3 6-3.
To start with, Peniston looked calm and assured, holding his serve well and looked to be taking control despite losing three break opportunities at 3-all.
He eventually made his breakthrough in the ninth game on his second break point and then served out comfortably for the first set.
He tried to maintain his momentum in the second and had the chances but failed to convert the two opportunities in Krajinovics opening game.
Five games later, Peniston let slip another opportunity to break, and this time it proved crucial as Krajinovic seized his opportunity in the very next game to wrest the advantage away from the Brit.
After securing that all important break, the Serbian moved through the gears to take the second set and level the match.
Coming out for the deciding set, both players looked strong on serve, holding with ease only for Peniston to crack first though to his great credit, he remained focused and recovered immediately only be broken again and this time, Krajinovic held his nerve and capitalised on the increasing errors which were now flowing off his opponent’s racket, to progress into the last four.
“I’m going to remember a lot from this week, for sure,” Peniston admitted. “The feelings I had when I won in the first round and my match point when I won the second match. I’ve been playing pretty well over the last few weeks and this week as well. I’m going to keep working hard and training and keep sticking to what I’ve been doing.”
His run to the quarter finals at Queen’s has seen him take away £50,230, which is almost double his career prize money earnings in singles to date.
With a guaranteed take away of at least £50,000 to come from Wimbledon, where he will be competing thanks to a wild card, Peniston is keen to invest in his game.
“It’s a lot of money for someone like myself who has been playing on a future tour a couple of years ago to now the Challengers,” he said.
“I think it’s something I have been doing for the last couple of years. Investing in myself. Just being able to pay for training and travel and now I’m starting to be able to afford a coach to travel with. The next step is being able to afford a physical trainer on the road, which I think is super important, and trying to basically improve the team and have them as much with me as possible.
Meanwhile the Serbian will play the two-time former champion from Croatia Marin Cilic who defeated the exciting rising Finnish star Emil Ruusuvuori, 7-6(2) 6-4 while the Italian defending champion Matteo Berrettini takes on Botic van de Zandschulp in the second semi following their respective wins over Tommy Paul of the US (6-4 6-2) and Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina (6-2 6-4).
“I am really happy,” Berrettini, who has struggled in his previous match American Denis Kudla, said. “Today was very tough to play. It was very windy and hot, so I made some mistakes but I was there. I fought through and I feel my game was getting higher and higher the more I was playing, so I am really happy with it.”