Lock, Dzenga begin medal hunt

GABORONE - Zimbabwe's top junior tennis seeds Courtney Lock and Nicole Dzenga say they are not under pressure despite huge expectations as they take on the continents top tennis players here in this land locked southern African country.

Lock and Dzenga begin their hunt for medals this morning hoping to add to the two bronze and silver Team Zimbabwe has won so far during the ongoing 2014 Africa Youth Games.

Speaking to the Daily News on the side-lines of their training session at the University of Botswana courts, Lock said they are ready to battle with Africa’s best in this mid-sized country of just over two million people.

“I have just come from Namibia where I made final in the one tournament and semi-final in the other. So my confidence is up,” Lock said.

“I’m playing good. I’m feeling good. I think I am expecting the best for this week. First and second round is always the toughest.

“You are playing unseeded guys who want to beat you and prove a point. So if I can get through the opening rounds I will be on course.”

The 206 ITF ranked junior player admitted there was pressure from teammates and friends back home to see him go all the way.

“Obviously the pressure is there. Everybody is expecting the tennis guys to win gold. But I think I should keep that out of mind and take match by match and try bring gold home for Zim.”

Dzenga, who will be Zimbabwe’s sole representative in the junior women’s category said she was feeling excited and ready to face the challenge.

The 17-year-old has been seeded fourth.

“I am feeling confident. I m excited to see who I will get. I don’t have any pressure at all. I am just gonna do my best,” she said.

“Obviously I would like to live up to my seeding. In January I played in Kenya and I won the ITF tournament there.

“That was a good confidence booster. Just now I’m coming from Namibia where I did okay to reach the semis though I would like to do better than that.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will also look up to local leading junior golfer Stuart Krog to continue his good run of form on the greens.

The St Georges College student is Zimbabwe’s sole representative in the Africa Youth Games golf category.

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