Chawafambira aims for Tokyo 2020

HARARE - Zimbabwe's junior tennis ace Pauline Chawafambira, who captured the singles title in the Gold Draw at the Purdue Invitational tournament in Indiana on Sunday, reckons she can push further.

Plucked from the Mutare-based Mantas Tennis Academy, Chawafambira has been enjoying a good run at Northern Illinos University in Chicago, USA.

On Sunday, the Dangamvura suburb native, defeated a pair of Mid-American Conference foes on her way to the title in the Gold Draw.

She defeated Eastern Michigan’s Anna Valeva, 7-5, 6-3, setting up a match with Ayumi Sasaki of Bowling Green.

Chawafambria won that match, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the championship match where she beat Lisa Freiss of Western Kentucky, 6-3, 6-3.

“Well, so far I’m proud of the way I’m playing. Day in day out it’s all about giving my best, because the competition is so tough,” she told the Daily News from the US.

“Well, my goal is to win conference championship next year as a team. It’s sad that next year I will be done with college tennis. But my goal after that is to go to the Olympics in 2020 that’s if everything works out for me, if not there is always plan B in life.”

The former Malawi Open, Zambia Open and Harare Open champion was awarded a full four-year tennis scholarship in 2012 to study in the United States.

That feat saw her follow the path of former Zimbabwe Davis Cup player Genius Chidzikwe, who launched his career at the Mutare-based academy before refining his skills in the United States.

According to Mantas Tennis academy director Freeman Nyamunokora, Chawafambira was the 37th player to go on full tennis scholarship to the United States through the Mutare-based talent conveyer belt.

The former Mutare Girls High pupil made a name for herself on the regional scene winning the Malawi Open, Francistown Open, Harare Open and the Zambia Open.

Cara Black was the last Zimbabwean to represent the country in tennis at the Olympics when she took part in the Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

She had earlier represented the Zimbabwe Fed Cup Team in 1993-94 and 1996.

Comments (3)

MY BLOOD, REALLY PROUD

KC - 23 November 2016

We so proud of your home girl. We love and always pray for you day and night. May the Lord God bless you. To God be the Glory. Amen

Alison Dhoro - 13 February 2018

we so proud of you*** home girl

Alison Dhoro - 13 February 2018

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