10 August 2012

Zimbabwe: Tapfuma in LTF Semis

ZIMBABWE'S Tendai Tapfuma yesterday stormed into the semi-finals of the International Tennis Federation South/Central Junior Circuit when he beat India's Karan Salwan at Harare Sports Club. Tapfuma pulled trough when he overpowered Salwan 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4 in a tightly-contested match.

He went on to partner Courtney Lock in the doubles' quarter-finals and they won 6-3, 7-6(6) against Joshua Luck and Takudzwa Muswere.

Tapfuma and Lock, who had a good start in both sets,were given a good run for their money in the second set as Muswere and Lok made a comeback.

However, Tapfuma and Lock proved to be the better players and they will meet India's Manish Kumar and Karan Salwan.

Tapfuma is also set to take on second seed Guy Iradukunda, who beat Ronzai Saurombe 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the singles.

Tapfuma was impressed by his showing yesterday.

"I am happy that I managed to pull through playing the guy who reached the finals last week. I am really proud I won. Tomorrow it's going to be tough.

"I was tired actually. We just had to concentrate. Honestly, we started solidly and I think we lost concentration because we thought the match was over when we were leading 5-2," said Tapfuma.

Namibia's Tuki Jacobs dismissed Francois Kellerman in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 while South Africa's Mathew Rossouw beat William Bushamuka 6-4, 6-2. Jacobs and Rossouw will meet in the other semi-final.

In the girls' singles Spurti Shivalingaiah beat Nicole Dzenga 6-1, 7-5.

Dzenga was the only player from Zimbabwe who reached the quarter-finals but she found the going tough yesterday.

However, she was happy with her participation in the tournaments.

"The tournament was nice. Last week was a bit tough and I am happy I did better this week.

"I tried my best but the girl I played was good. It was nice hopefully when I come back next year I will get better results," said Dzenga. The race for the girls' title now features players from India, South Africa and Namibia with top seed Rutuja Bhosale likely to progress to the finals. Bhosale beat Nesile Verster 6-1, 6-2 and has a date with Janet Koch of South Africa. Koch overpowered Nayanika Devireddy 6-2, 6-4 while Lesedi Jacobs defeated Elizabeth Kapari 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. She takes on Shivalingaiah in the other semi-final.

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