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Ryan Peniston BEATS Henri Laaksonen to claim his first ever win at a Grand Slam

Cancer survivor Ryan Peniston WINS on his Wimbledon debut with British wildcard and world No. 135 by beating Henri Laaksonen in straight sets to claim his first Grand Slam win

  • British wildcard Ryan Peniston defeated Henri Laaksonen on Tuesday 6-4 6-3 6-2
  • The world’s number 135 played in the first five-set match of his entire career
  • However , he only needed three sets to win Laaksonen world number 96 . to dismantle
  • As a result, Peniston will now face American star Steve Johnson in round two

When this lawn season kicked off, who can honestly say they knew much about Ryan Peniston, his childhood struggle with cancer and his tortuous road to the higher echelons of tennis?

When it finally ends, who knows how high this wildcard will have risen?

It’s a testament to how the 26-year-old has invaded Britain’s consciousness in recent weeks that advancing to the second round of Wimbeldon no longer came as a huge surprise.

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British wildcard Ryan Peniston defeated Henri Laaksonen on Tuesday morning 6-4 6-3 6-2

Instead, anticipation swirled around Court 12, even before Peniston pushed Henri Laaksonen aside 6-4 6-3 6-2.

It doesn’t matter that this was his Grand Slam debut. Never mind that Peniston had never tasted victory in a big point.

It doesn’t matter that the Swiss Laaksonen is 40 places higher than this left-hander from Essex.

Britain's number 135 in the world played in the first five-set match of his entire career

Britain’s number 135 in the world played in the first five-set match of his entire career

Of course, much tougher tests for Peniston’s progress lie ahead, but Grigor Dimitrov’s withdrawal means it will be American Steve Johnson in round two.

Johnson is 32 and now ranks 93 in the world. This inspiring story can just go on, you know.

Peniston’s first Wimbledon win was achieved in style.

Britain’s No. 6 and No. 135 in the world immediately took control by taking Laaksonen’s first service game.

However, he only needed three sets to dismantle Laaksonen - the number 96 in the world

However, he only needed three sets to dismantle Laaksonen – the number 96 in the world

He kept his nose up front to win it 6-4 before this game turned halfway through set two.

At 3-3, Peniston faced three break points – his first full game. The 26-year-old saved them all, then broke up immediately after.

Laaksonen had another chance to break at 5-3. Again Peniston held out and again Great Britain broke immediately after to take it 6-3.

Grigor Dimitrov (C) withdrawal means Peniston will face Steve Johnson in round two

Grigor Dimitrov (C) withdrawal means Peniston will face Steve Johnson in round two

More twists and turns came in set three.

The end seemed near when Peniston broke 3-1 after five tries, then Laaksonen regained parity in the next game.

Instead of wiggling Peniston, that setback just sparked another wave. Three consecutive games, including two more breaks, saw him pull in the third 6-2.

Then it was time for the emotion. After remaining calm the whole time, Peniston let out a huge roar. Not for the last time these two weeks, you think.

American star, Johnson (above), is currently 32 years old and ranked No. 93 in the world

American star, Johnson (above), is currently 32 years old and ranked No. 93 in the world

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