Rufaro on course in Kenya

HARARE - Rising Zimbabwean tennis star Rufaro Chirewa progressed to the doubles semifinals of the ongoing Nairobi International Junior Championships IV in Kenya.

The 17-year-old former Chisipite Senior School student partnered with Poland’s Karolina Silwanowicz to beat Oumaima Aziz from Morocco and India’s Snehal Mane 6-3, 6-2 to storm into the semis.

In the first round, Chirewa and Silwanowicz beat Nigeria’s Angel Macleod and Lungile Ntuli from South Africa 6-2, 6-2 to progress the quarterfinals.

Chirewa’s impressive performance comes just a week after she won the International Tennis Federation (ITF) 18 and under circuit in the same city. 

Chirewa won the girls doubles with her Kenyan partner Stephanie Mbaya.

The pair beat top seeds Vicky Geurinckx and Lexie Stevens of The Netherlands 3-6, 6-4, (10-4).

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