Zim junior tennis team confident

HARARE - The Zimbabwe junior tennis team coach Linsent Chitiyo is confident that his team will reach the 2013 edition of the Junior World Tennis Finals tournament.

Chitiyo and his team compromising of Karen Machisa, Kimberly Bhunu and Munashe Kaome are taking part in the final qualifier for the African teams which starts Monday in Tunisia.

Zimbabwe will be battling it out for a place at the August tournament to be held in the Czech Republic with five other teams namely South Africa, Madagascar, Egypt, Morocco and the hosts.

“I think this time around the team we have is very good and we are confident they will deliver the goods,” Chitiyo told the Daily News before their departure to North African country.

“Our aim is to expose our juniors to a high level of competition. They have to feel the heat now. We are expecting a tough competition in Tunisia but we are now ready for the battle.”

Machisa and Bhunu, who is the younger sister to former Zimbabwe Open winner Valery, were invited by the International Tennis Federation, following good performances at the Africa Junior Championships in Kenya last April.

Machisa won the Zimbabwe Closed Girls Under-18 tournament held at Harare Sports Club while Kaome qualified for the event via play-offs.

“Most of the time we found it difficult to beat North African opponents, however, we have done everything to upset them,” said Chitiyo.

Australia, Canada, Colombia, India, Japan, Peru, Thailand and US have already qualified to compete in the Czech Republic after winning their respective continental qualifying tournaments.

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