Lock suffers shock defeat

HARARE - Courtney Lock, Zimbabwe’s top junior tennis player, crashed out of the on-going second ITF South Central African Junior Circuit here yesterday.

The country’s junior top seed suffered a shock second round exit, falling to South Africa’s wildcard entry Jordan Calvin.

The South African came from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in a fiercely contested match that lasted 2 hours 35 minutes.

The contest went through major twists, turns and momentum shifts; though Calvin looked in all sorts of trouble but bravely locked the Zimbabwean out of the tournament.

"I don't know what’s gone wrong. I have to analyse it myself. It’s always a disappointment losing any match around the world, and particularly at home,” Lock told the Daily News yesterday.

"I played very well today and my opponent also played very well and is a good player. It was tricky. But credit to him for closing it out under enormous pressure. He was better in the more important points today than I was.

“The tournament is very tough, I learnt a lot and I’m happy with the support I get from my family,” Lock added.

Zimbabwe’s Ngoni Makambwa, Taremeredzwa Mariga, Dereck Namanya and Muzingayi Sibanda also bowed out of the tournament to leave the hosts without any representative in the boy’s section.

Makambwa went down to South Africa’s Kris Van Wayk 6-2,6-2, Botswana’s Lobelo Mosehle beat Namanya 6-1, 6-2 while Sibanda went down to  Aryna Goveas of India 6-1, 6-3.

In the girls’ category, Nicole Dzenga, Beverly Matsiwe and Karen Muswere are the only three Zimbabwean players who managed to sail through to the second round.

Dzenga outclassed Kundai Manyonga 6-0 6-0, Matsiwe beat South Africa’s Cathrine Vyzey 6-0, 6-0 while Muswere struggled to overcome Mauritius’s Amili Boy 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

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