Lock progresses, Ndimande out

HARARE - Zimbabwe top tennis player Benjamin Lock progressed to the second round of the ongoing Old Mutual Zimbabwe F2 Futures tournament here yesterday.

Lock beat Reed Anderson of the United States 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2 in the first round to sail through to the next round.

The Florida State University student will be hoping to carry his form in the second round.

Last week, the 22-year-old was knocked out at the semi-final stage of the Old Mutual Zimbabwe F1 Futures tournament at the same venue.

Lock went down to Evan King of United States in straight sets 5-7, 3-6.

On his way to the semi-finals, Lock beat France’s Roman Bauvy in a tightly-contested quarter-final 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The Florida State University student had earlier struggled to overcome 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.

Meanwhile, another Zimbabwe tennis player Mbonisi Ndimande bowed out in the first round after he was defeated by South Africa’s Nicolaas Scholtz 6-2, 6-3 yesterday.

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