Lock reaches final in Namibia

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top junior tennis player, Courtney Lock, lived up to expectations at the just ended ITF South/ Central African Junior Circuit Under-18 in Windhoek, Namibia.

Lock reached the finals of the tournament before he was eventually knocked out by the winner, South Africa’s Jd Malan 6-4 6-3.

In the semi-finals, Lock struggled to overcome Mauritius’s Dylan Alec Foo-Kune 7-5, 6-2 to progress to the final stage.

Lock’s most impressive performance, however, came in the quarter-finals were he posted a convincing straight-sets win against Calvin Jordaan of South Africa 6-3, 6-1.

Another Zimbabwe representative in the boys section, Alywn Mushonga reached the quarter-finals before knocked out by the eventual winner Malan 6-3, 6-0.

In the third round, Mushonga also struggled to overcome South Africa’s Altus Karsten 7-5, 6-0 to progress to the last eight.

In the girls category, Zimbabwe representative, top seed Nicole Dzenga, reached the semi-finals where she lost to Zani Bernard of South Africa 7-5, 6-3.

Dzenga beat South Africa’s Louse-Mare Botes 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the quarter-finals to progress to the last four.

The Zimbabwean put up a spirited performance in the second round stage where she outclassed Manuela Huckfeldt of South Africa 6-1, 6-1 to book a place in the quarter- final stage.

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