The British tennis results of the summer so far...
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This summer has been full of amazing wins for the Brits with six top 15 wins already and plenty more to come! Here's a run down of the biggest ranking scalps so far.
Peniston shocks the world
The rise of Ryan Peniston has been one of the stories of the grass court season – with his greatest highlight coming in the first round at Queen’s.
Faced with a mammoth challenge of taking on the top seed, world No.5 and French Open runner-up Casper Ruud, the 26-year-old stood up to the test.
In front of the home crowd on Centre Court, Peniston truly announced himself to the British fans by coming through two close tie-break sets 7-6(4), 7-6(2).
“I can’t really believe it, it feels like a dream,” he said after his breakthrough win in his first ATP Tour match. “I didn’t get much sleep last night thinking about this match. It doesn’t feel real.”
Burrage takes down Badosa on the South coast
Jodie Burrage proved that rankings are but a number as she put on a fearless display against the world No.4, Paula Badosa, in a 6-4, 6-3 in triumph.
Claiming the scalp of the former Indian Wells champion, the 23-year-old appeared to have all the answers as she frustrated her opponent, seeing out the first, and then the second to put the match to bed in one hour and 15 minutes.
The victory marked her second career best wins in consecutive days - following her first W100 final only the day before that. Impressive stuff Jodie!!
Draper seals career best win in Queen's
Jack Draper has been a giant killer this summer and he certainly got the fans going in his first round match at the cinch Championships. Facing a tricky draw up against the world No.14 and former Eastbourne champion Taylor Fritz.
Draper put on a powerhouse masterclass on Centre Court – dazzling with an array of winners from all over the court to seal a career best victory. The American could do nothing to stop the Brit and his trademark lefty forehand from dictating the play and after taking the opening set with a beautiful winner down the line he went on to win the match 6-3, 6-2 in just an hour and 15 minutes.
“It was amazing, I enjoyed my time out here. (I'm) at the start of my career, haven't played in front of this many people that often. I'm just glad of the way I played today.”
Boulter downs two-time former champion
The grass court season has been incredible for Katie Boulter as – after her fantastic run in Birmingham – the young Briton went on to seal a career best win over two-time Eastbourne champion, Karolina Pliskova. A set down and having to answer a tall order in the second, the British No.4 raised her level, reaping the rewards as she edged in front to call for a decider.
Now two sets apiece, it was all to play for, and Boulter wasn’t going to let any opportunity slip. The 25-year-old forced the Czech on the back foot before securing the win with a one-two punch that drove Pliskova to a heavy-handed shot beyond the baseline – granting Boulter her first top 10 win.
What else is left to say apart from congratulations Katie!
Draper out battles Schwartzman on the big stage
Draper was back at it again in the second round of the Rothesay International Eastbourne facing off against the world No.15 Diego Schwartzman.
This time posing a different test for the 20-year-old, the Argentine demonstrated his fighting spirit in a closely fought opening set, but on his first opportunity to take the set at 6-5, Draper was up to the challenge with a rocket forehand winner kissing the left hand corner of the court.
Having missed out on the chance to serve for the match at 5-3, the 20-year-old stood tall in the tie-break and clinched a vital mini-break with one of the points of the tournament – featuring drop shots, lobs, smashes, you name it – before taking his second top 15 win in two weeks. The score finished 7-5, 7-6(3) and signified yet another step on Draper’s road to the top.
Andy Murray shines in Stuttgart
Andy Murray made a fighting return in Germany as he blasted through the rounds in Stuttgart, claiming the scalp of the likes of Greek great, world No.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, after a 7-6(4), 6-3 quarter-final victory.
Both sides firmly maintained their serve throughout the opening set to take them to a tiebreak, but with few and far between both sides, it was Murray who just inched his nose out to go up a minibreak and clinch the first.
Mirroring the opening set, the two stars held serve for five consecutive games until Murray’s strong return gifted him his first break point of the second to take a 4-2 lead. With the first set on the board and Murray comfortably in control, it would soon be mission accomplished for the former world No.1 as he successful held serve to firmly close the door on the match in one hour 42 minutes.
Broady’s Top 20 triumph
Liam Broady put in a warrior-like performance in front of the home crowds as he fought back from 2-1 in the second round to outfox the twelfth seed, Diego Schwartzman.
With his foot firmly on the accelerator, Broady forced the Argentinian on the backfoot as he discovered dominance at the net to take the first set with confidence. Yet, Schwartzman proved his top 20 status as he found his grass legs in the second and third to take the lead.
With the mentality of a true champion, Broady responded to losing 11 consecutive games with immediate action as he came from a break down to call for a deciding shootout. With one final chance, the Stockport star wasted no time as he blitzed the final set 6-1, finishing the match 6-2, 4-6, 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 to advance to his first-ever Grand Slam third round alongside fellow Brits Katie Boulter, Cam Norrie, and Heather Watson.
Like a lightning Boulter
After a scintillating display by Leicester’s Katie Boulter in the first round of this year's Championships, the 25-year-old had a tall order awaiting her in the second as she came face-to-face with the world No.7, and sixth seed, Karolina Pliskova.
Having defeated the Czech just a week prior at Devonshire Park, Boulter had the tools to conjure a win as she sought to oust Pliskova for a second time. However, trailing behind in the first set, Boulter had barriers to overcome as she battled to bring the match back to parity. Despite the world No.7 making the first move in the second, the Leicester-born star was nothing if not defiant as she snapped two breaks of her own to level the scoreboard, calling for a deciding set as she claimed the tiebreak 7-4.
Now, with the match anyone’s game, Boulter refused to succumb to any further mistakes as she broke Pliskova one more time to finish the match 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.