By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
The second day of the ITF junior circuit saw a number of Zimbabwean tennis players booking their places in the third round of the ongoing tournament at the Bulawayo Country Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s main event will see top seed Malan Pierre from the Republic of South Africa take on Tanaka Chabata in the third round of the tournament. The winner will book a ticket to the quarter finals which will be played on Thursday at the same venue.
A sensational performance by Botswana’s Tsiang Tsholofelo saw him going through to the next round of the games at the expense of Bulawayo born Ethern Sibanda who lost 6-4 in the first set and lost 6-1 in the third and final set.
In another match, Zimbabwe’s Tarubereka T will play Kallari from the USA in the third round of the junior circuit.
Meanwhile, Masara H beat Slabbert Cameron 6-2, 6-4 to also sail through to the third round. Masara will be joined by Happy Michael in Tuesday’s round.
Another Zimbabwe representation Kurirai A beat Jack Ryan 6-1 and 6-0 to be counted amongst those who made it to the third round of the games.
South African based sensation Thabo Ncube put up a spirited performance to dismiss Coetzee A 7-1 and 7-5.
On the girls singles Kaone Tanyaradzwa, Mahere Tsitsi Claire, Mguni Zandile, Matsiwe B, and Manyanga Kundai are all through to the next round of the tournament.
Tournament organizer Cliff Nkokwara was happy with the progress made by the Zimbabwean players as they get closer to the quarter finals of the international event.
“We are happy with the progress, as you can see few Zimbabweans have made it through to the third round. This means they will get world recognition which is pretty much the idea of bringing in these grade fives. So when they go to play in the much bigger event the opportunities of them qualifying will be very much high”, said Nkokwara.
Nkokwara did not only want to focus on Wednesday’s main event between Malan and Tanaka Chabata, saying they are not only behind Chabata, but are fully behind every Zimbabwean participating and they are hoping they will go through.