Zim progress to semis in Egypt

HARARE - Antony Fynn, father of Zimbabwe Davis Cup star Mark, says the team should brace for a tougher challenge ahead after the locals progressed to the semi-finals of the Africa Zone Group III competition yesterday.

Zimbabwe beat Ghana 3-0 in the Egyptian capital Cairo yesterday after Mark Fynn outclassed Albert Arthur 63, 6-3 while Takanyi Garanganga beat Emmanuel Mensah 6-0, 6-2 to register a 2-0 lead in the singles.

Garanganga and Fynn then put the tie beyond the reach of the West Africans, beating Mensah and Robert Kpodo 6-2, 6-2 in the doubles.

On their way to semis, Zimbabwe beat Kenya 3-0 in their first match on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe will now face the winner of Pool D in the semi-finals, likely to be hosts Egypt.  

Yesterday, Fynn Snr said the North African side will be prove hard to beat on their favoured clay court conditions.

“They play very well on clay,” Fynn told the Daily News yesterday says. “We grew up on hard surfaces. It’s (clay) difficult; it’s a patient game. The Egyptians will be at home on that kind of surface. The Tunisians, Moroccans, Algerians, they all play well on clay.”

Fynn praised the composition of the Zimbabwean side, made up of United States-based kingpin Takanyi Garanganga, the Spain-based pair of and Mark Fynn and Tinotenda Chanakira alongside playing captain Martin Dzuwa.

“We have a good side. I am glad we have him (Garanganga) there,” Fynn said. “Mark has been playing in Egypt before the tournament to get used to clay. He also played in Vietnam and did well. Tino has been playing in Spain, so he also has experience.”

A keen tennis follower and former player, Fynn Snr called on Tennis Zimbabwe to host more events in future to give local players an advantage.

“We must get a few home ties in Zim. It will increase the profile of the sport here and playing on hard surface, our players are at home.”

He said the presence of Dzuwa in the team was a motivational factor.

“We have a captain who has played before, which is good. He was on the bench the Blacks (Byron and Wayne) were there. Being alongside people like that helps.” -
Blessings Mashaya

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