Heartbreak for Lock

HARARE - A home  soil tournament victory proved a bridge too far to cross for Benjamin Lock who fought fiercely but bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Old Mutual Zimbabwe F1 Futures tournament at Harare Sports Club.

Lock’s streak came to an end with a 5-7, 3-6 straight sets loss to Evan King of United States.

The United States duo of Tyler Hochwalt and third seed Evan Song were strutting it out in the other semifinal at the time of going to print yesterday.

Prior to coming unstuck against the 23-year-old 1086 ranked singles player, Lock was in a class of his own.

He had stormed into the semi-finals of the Zimbabwe F1 Futures tennis tournament after accounting for France’s Roman Bauvy in a tightly-contested quarter-final 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The Florida State University student had earlier fought aggressively to beat Portugal’s Vasco Mensurado 7-6(2), 6-2 in the second round of the $10 000 event.

In the first round, Lock beat Samuel Bothwell in a match he lost the first set 2-6 before showing his class by winning the next two 6-3, 6-2.

The 22-year-old came into the tournament with his confidence on a high after clinching the Mozambique F1 Futures at Clube de Tenis de in Maputo.

Financial services giant Old Mutual are the main sponsors of Zimbabwe F1 Futures tournament.

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