Takanyi strikes gold in Senegal

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top tennis player Takanyi Garanganga yesterday lifted the ITF Senegal F1 Futures men’s doubles championship to record his first pro circuit win of 2014.

Garanganga recorded the sensational win flanked by South Africa’s Keith-Patrick Crowley.

The duo, who were seeded fourth, overcame third seeds Tom Jomby and Mick Lescure, both from France, in straight sets 6-3 6-3 on Friday.

The 2011 All Africa gold medalist was scheduled to face Alexandre Folie of Belgium in the singles final by the time of going to print yesterday.

Garanganga had stormed into the singles finals of the ITF Senegal F1 Futures in Dakar after dismissing France’s Gregoire Barrere 6-2 6-4.

Barrere had overcame South Africa’s Keith-Patrick Crowley 7-5 7-5 in a tightly contested quarter final earlier on.

He, however, found a brick wall in Zimbabwe men’s number one tennis seed, who is now one step away from bagging the $15 000 winner’s purse.

On his way to the final, Garanganga, who is seeded sixth, beat Jordan Ubiergo 7-5 6-1 in the quarter finals.

He had earlier on made light work of German’s David Chaplefeh Forchap 6-2 6-2 in the second round.

Prior to that, the 24-year-old had sent Botswana’s Phenyo Matong packing with a formidable first round performance that helped to an easy 6-1 6-1 win.

The ITF Pro Circuit tournament Senegal F1 Futures is taking place on December 8-14 in Dakar, Senegal with top tennis players pitting against each other on the hard outdoor surface.

Comments (1)

congratulations to this young man. we are proud of you.

abel chimukoko - 15 December 2014

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