Chirewa impresses again in Kenya

HARARE - Zimbabwe rising female tennis player, Rufaro Chirewa maintained her impressive record in international tournaments after finishing second in the doubles of the just ended Nairobi International Junior Championships IV in Kenya.

The 17-year-old former Chisipite Senior School student partnered with Poland’s Karolina Silwanowicz  as they reached the final before going down to Belgium’s Vicky Geurinckx and Lexie Stevens  from Netherlands 7-6(3) 7-6(5).

Chirewa and Silwanowicz beat Morocco’s Diae EL Jardi and Sada Nahimana from Burundi 6-4 7-6(7) in the semi-finals.

The pair recorded a straight-sets conniving win in the quarter finals after beating  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 quarter-finals.

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).

En route to the final, the winning duo had dismissed fourth seeds of Japan’s Ichinose Runa and Maria Dominique of the Philippines.

In the quarter-finals, Chirewa and Mbaya came from behind to beat nationally top pair El Jardi and El Khalifi of Morocco in the quarter-finals with another three set match 5-7, 6-4, [10-7].

Comments (3)

The Editor can you create a space for me. The Theme of the column: I can't be silent anymore. my intention is to create a discussion platform every day. I have already have a whatsapp platform but is limited. Its time we open up to the public debate. It is us who can build Afrika to be a warm welcoming home

Frank Nyoni - 10 February 2015

Well done my girl. You have worked so hard for this. 2015 is your year. You have the whole family's backing

Nesbet Chirewa - 10 February 2015

Well done Mukunda Chirewa you make us proud.

Mtisi - 10 February 2015

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