Three of the four members of Team Zimbabwe in tennis are advancing to the semi-final round. Capetown based Valeria Bhunu dismissed Claudia Sumaia of Mozambique by (6-0) (6-0) straight sets where experience and talent paid off to her advantage.
Luck seems to be in form for Rufaro Chirewa’s court as opponent Zambian Idah Longwe threw in the towel after she unfortunately twisted her ankle five minutes into today’s match. Rufaro had advanced to the quarter finals without playing either of her two preliminary matches as she was given bys when her opponents did not attend the Region 5 Games.
On the boys’ side, Rodzai Saurombe will be the sole representative in the final boys category after defeating Lebelo Mosehle of Lesotho 7-5 6-4, a match which proved to be a challenging one for the upcoming tennis player. Taremedzwa Mariga is set to continue battling to secure a place in the top ten.
Mariga recently secured a place to study and play tennis at Seward Community College in Kansas, U.S.A. where Saurombe is also a student.
Team Zimbabwe tennis coach Freeman Nyamunokora said the performance of the team so far was very impressive: “So far we only have Taremedzwa Mariga who has fallen off the group, but he is doing well since he secured a place in the top ten.”
“All three athletes who are in the semi-finals are sure to reach the final stages because they have the talent as well as the experience in the hard surface courts. The girls are doing incredibly well and they are winning by straight sets which is good for them in the competition since their confidence has already been boosted,” added Nyamunokora.