Four Zim players storm into ITF quarter-finals

HARARE - Four Zimbabwe junior tennis players progressed to the quarterfinals of the ongoing ITF 18 and Under South Central African Junior Circuit here yesterday.

Zimbabwe top junior tennis player Courtney Lock, Tadiwa Chinamo and Alywn Mushonga are the three who progressed in the boys’ category while Nicole Dzenga is the only player in the girls’ category who managed to book a place in the last eight.

Lock won an easy battle against Morocco’s Ahmed Amine Herress 6-2, 6-2 to storm into the quarter final stage.

The top seed will now face his fellow countryman Chinamo today.

Chinamo posted a convincing straight-sets win against another Zimbabwean Ngoni Makambwa 6-4, 6-1.

In another third round match, Mushonga struggled to overcome India’s Paramatmuni Venkata 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3 to sail through to the quarter-final stage.

Mushonga now faces Ouattara Gueninle Abdoul Karir of Ivory Coast, who beat Zaghloul Ali of Egypt 6-3, 6-3.

Luca Picci and Mark Chigaazira are the two Zimbabweans who failed to progress to the quarter-finals in the boys’ category.

Picci went down to Australia’s Fiala Simon 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 while Chigaazira’s hopes to shine were dented by  El Sallaly Akram 6-0, 5-7, 7-6(5).

Top seed in the girls’ category, Dzenga, lived up to expectations after he won a  titanic battle against Britain’s Emelie Luisa Schwarte 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 to progress to the quarter-finals.

Dzenga will now face Ukraine’s  Andrieieva Oleksandra, who beat Nairman Abo Bakr of Egypt 6-1, 6-2.

Another Zimbabwean in the girls’ category, Keren Muswere, was knocked out of the tournament after she went down to Australian Caroline Ilowska 6-3, 6-2.

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