Mubure settles for bronze in Belgium

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s top squash player Ishmael Mubure held his own at the Squash Point PSA Open in Belgium over the weekend.

The 28-year-old finished third out of a pool of 32 players.

The four-time Mashonaland Closed Squash champion had earlier received a first round bye before beating Belgium’s Jan De Smet 3-1 with scores of 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8.

Mubure, who also won the Matabeleland Open in 2010, then beat Belgium’s Alexandre Benassi 3-0 in the quarter-finals in tightly contested sets of 18-16, 11-1, 11-6.

The semi-finals provided a trickier test for the Harare-raised squash player, as he went down 3-1 to eventual winner Jan Van Der Herrewegen of Belgium.

Mubure, however, picked himself up from that defeat to beat Joeri Hapers of Belgium by 3-0 with scores of 11-3,11-9,11-6 in the third and fourth play-off.

“It was my first tournament for some time now. I have been struggling with a knee injury for the past two months, so I’m very happy to be back on tour once again,” Mubure told the Daily News from Belgium yesterday.

Meanwhile, Van Den Herrewegen won the Squash Point PSA Open after beating Marc ter Sluis of Netherlands 3-1 in the finals following scores of 11-7,11-7,7-11,11-6.

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