Garanganga loses in last eight

HARARE - Zimbabwe top tennis player Takanyi Garanganga put up an impressive performance but bowed out in the quarter-finals of the Italy F12 last week.

The Zimbabwe Davis Cup player was knockout of the last eight by Switzerland’s Yann Marti after suffering a 6-4, 6-2 defeat.

On his way to the quarter-finals the Mbare-born player struggled to overcome Alexandros Jakupovic of Greece 7-6(8), 2-6, 7-5 in the first round before beating Italy’s Mora Filippo 6-3, 6-0 in the second round to progress to the last eight.

The United States-based tennis player also put another remarkable performance last month at Portugal F6 Futures tournament last month after he reached the semi-finals before going down to Spain’s Carlos Boluda-Purkiss 7-6(1), 7-5.

However before his fine performance at these two tournaments, Garanganga was having a poor run bowing out in the early stages of three different tournaments.

Garanganga was knocked out of the, Tallahassee, Challenger in the first round going down to Mico Santiago of US 6-2, 6-4.

The Zimbabwean player also failed to impress at the St. Joseph's/Candler Savannah Challenger ATP Challenger Tour after bowed out in the final stage of the qualifiers last week.

Garanganga received a first round bye before beating Facundo Mena of Argentina 7-6(6), 6-2 in the second round of the qualifiers.

However, Garanganga’s run was cut short by Guillermo Duran also from Argentina, who emerged with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the last round of the tournament qualifiers.

Before the Savannah Challenger the Mbare born also put a disappoint performance at Fayez Sarofim and Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Garanganga bowed out of the first round of the tournament, suffered a 6-4, 6-2 at the hands of Denis Kudla United States.

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