The Herald (Harare)

1 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Takanyi Garanganga Into ITF Final

ZIMBABWE'S tennis ace Takanyi Garanganga stormed into the finals of the Twenty Third Century Systems International Tennis Federation Futures tournament when he beat South Africa's Ruan Roelofse yesterday at Harare Sports Club.

Garanganga defeated Roelofse 7-6(5), 6-4 to progress in today's finals.

The first set was tightly contested with both players making some good serves and it had to be decided by a tiebreak.

However, Garanganga made an early break in the second set putting his opponent under pressure and that gave him an upper hand.

The 22-year-old, who had a tough quarterfinal match, attributed his victory to good preparations ahead of yesterday's match, especially having struggled with his serve on Thursday.

"Today my preparation in the morning was a lot better than yesterday.

"At least, that match yesterday, got all that junk out of me and I started a new day.

"I think both of us were serving well but I just think probably at 4-5 I got a little lucky, he made a double fault and that was the turning point but both of us served well," said Garanganga.

Garanganga said he was happy he managed to pull through to the finals.

"First and foremost, I acknowledge the success that I got into the final.

"I think every player would love to get to the tournament final.

"I always look at performance and effort," said Garanganga.

His South African counterpart was satisfied with his performance and said it was a good experience playing in Zimbabwe.

"I didn't execute my game plan well enough today and I didn't serve well enough.

"It's been good playing in Zimbabwe, I have never been here, it's my first time but I live next door in South Africa.

"It's been great, I felt like I am playing at home and I enjoyed it, getting into the semi-final is not a bad thing.

"The level of competition was good. I have played in America, Europe, all over the world, so I think it may be a little bit low but the level is still higher," Roelofse.

The top seed will now take on Keith Crowley from South Africa who beat Evan Song from the United States 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.

Crowley is seeded sixth in this tournament.

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