Garanganga on course in Senegal

HARARE - Zimbabwe's leading tennis player Takanyi Garanganga is in running for the $15 000 Senegal F1 Futures tournament prize money after progressing to the quarterfinals at Olympique Club de Dakar in Dakar on Wednesday.

The Zimbabwe Davis Cup player outclassed German’s David Chaplefeh Forchap 6-2, 6-2 in the second round to reach the last eight stage.

The 2011 All-Africa Games gold medallist will now meet Frenchman Jordan Ubiergo, who defeated Joshua Chetty of South Africa 6-3, 6-2 en route to the quarter-finals.

In the first round, Harare-born Garanganga enjoyed a convincing straight-sets win against Botswana’s Phenyo Matong 6-1, 6-1.

Garanganga also progressed to the semifinals in the doubles after hee partnered with Keith-Patrick Crowley of South Africa to beat Uganda’s Duncan Mugabe and Phenyo Matong from Botswana 6-1, 6-0 in the quarter finals.

Garanganga and Crowley sailed through to the quarterfinals after struggling to overcome Netherlands’s Paul Monteban and Jordan Ubiergo of France 6-3, 2-6, (10-8).

Garanganga will be hoping to win the title in order to easy his financial woes.

The 24-year-old tennis ace is racing against time to secure funds for him to be able to compete at his first Grand Slam, the 2015 Australian Open.

Garanganga needs at least $10 000 to cater for his travelling and training costs in the run up to the Aussie Open in Melbourne in January.

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