Zim teenage girls lose second match

HARARE - Zimbabwe's junior tennis team continued with their poor run at the World Junior Tennis Finals qualifiers in Tunis, Tunisia, after they fell 0-3 to South Africa in their second match on Wednesday.

South Africa’s Minette Van Vreden beat Karen Machisa of Zimbabwe 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 while Kimberly Bhunu went down to Zani Barnard  6-2, 6-4.

Bhunu then teamed up with Machisa for the doubles, but their combined efforts could not stop them from going down in equally humiliating fashion to their Southern Africa counterparts 6-0, 6-0.

“Our team lacked experience, however, I believe the girls gained a lot from our defeats and it’s good for our young players to play good teams,” Zimbabwe coach Linset Chitiyo told the Daily News from Tunisia Thursday.

Zimbabwe, who are attempting to qualify for the World Junior Tennis Finals for the first time, were scheduled to take on Tunisia Thursday in their third match.

In their first match, Zimbabwe went down 3-0 to Madagascar.

The tournament, which started on Tuesday and will end on Saturday, is featuring six countries — Egypt, Madagascar, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe

Apart from competing in the World Junior qualifiers, some of the countries are also fighting for places in the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals to be held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, from September 24 to 29.

Zimbabwe, however, only managed to field the Under-14 girls’ team in the Tunis qualifiers after the pair of Machisa and Bhunu were invited directly by the International Tennis Federation.

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