Cancer survivor shines on debut

June 29, 2022 5:40 am

Ryan Peniston [Source: Planet Sport]

Survivor Ryan Peniston described the cancer treatment that stunted his growth as a child as a blessing in disguise after a dream Wimbledon debut.

The British wildcard beat Swiss world number 95 Henri Laaksonen 6-4 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round.

He told BBC Sport overcoming a rare cancer with chemotherapy and surgery at the age of one, had given him strength.

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Due to his condition, Peniston says he always had difficulty in trying to run and was a foot smaller than his peers.

But he says the process made him tougher.

He says he thinks he might actually be dreaming.