RYAN Peniston has set his sights on the World University Games after suffering a narrow defeat in his attempts to reach Wimbledon.

Peniston was beaten 8-6 in the final set by Andrea Arnaboldi when attempting to qualify for SW19.

But the 23-year-old, who is from Great Wakering, is keen to learn from the defeat.

“It was pretty frustrating not to get the win but I gave myself opportunities by fighting hard which I’m proud of myself for doing,” said Peniston.

“I’m trying to take some positives and learn from it.

“I’m representing Great Britain in the World University Games next week in Italy so I’m looking forward to that and I’m also playing for Essex in the Summer County Cup in Eastbourne at the end of the month so I still have plenty going on.”

Peniston has now risen up to 516 in the world rankings and last month won the first professional titles of his career.

Peniston won two crowns at the ITF Futures event in Mexico.

And he is keen to make the most of the opportunities coming his way.

“I’m learning all the time and this week was a completely new experience for me,” said Peniston.

“It was my first Grand Slam qualifying event so the surroundings and vibe was something I haven’t felt before.

“I definitely enjoyed the game and loved the support of the home crowd. I am very pleased with my recent run and am grateful for the wildcards given to me during the grass season. I’m going to use it to keep improving and work even harder.”