Queen’s: Ryan Peniston’s fine run ended by Filip Krajinovic in quarterfinals
Ryan Peniston’s Ironman game ended in Queens after a narrow loss in the quarterfinals to Philip Krajinovic.
The world No. 180 lost to the No. 48 Serb 4-6 6-3 6-3 on a wet afternoon in an attempt to reach the semifinals in his first game in the ATP round.
The 26-year-old started as the stronger of the two but failed to stop veteran Krajinovic.
In the next round Krajinovic will play with Marin Cilic or Emil Ruusuvuori.
Peniston became the last Briton to play singles after defeating Caspar Rudd No. 1 and Francisco CerundoloNo. 46.
He will play in Eastbourne, the last ATP turf game before Wimbledon, and won a wild card in SW19.
Wimbledon will open on June 27
Peniston started excellently, steadily surpassing Krajinovic serve, and eventually turned the eighth breaking point with Krajinovic foul.
Ara gave the English a chance to serve the team, which he did in style, and sent a forehand to the bottom line in the 48th minute.
Krajinovic experience came in the next set, leading 4-2 after Peniston power went down for a short time.
Krajinovic took the lead in the third set, but Penistonscored a direct shot to a 3-3 lead with an excellent striker.
But the adrenaline seemed to distract Peniston, who broke it with a few free throws and returned the difference to Karjinovic.
Karjinovic broke Peniston again to run the team and keep him in good shape – he never won a big draw in the ATP on the grass before this week.
Defending champion Matteo Berrettini has previously led the U.S. to the semifinals 6-4, 6-2.
He will meet the Italian-Dutch Botic Van de Zandschulp, who defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-2, 6-4.
In wheelchair singles, Briton Ben Bertram defeated compatriot Dahnon Ward 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals, but Andrew Penny lost to German Joachim Gerard 6-2, 0-6.