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By Muziwethu Hadebe; Images By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
ZIMBABWE TENNIS BOYS made it into the ITF 12 years and Under Juniors Team Competition in Morocco after finishing second to South Africa at the recently ended Southern Africa tournament at the Bulawayo Country Club in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe boys recorded three wins over Botswana, Mozambique and Madagascar while losing one clash with overall winners in the boys South Africa. South Africa won all of their four matches to join Zimbabwe in Morroco for the Africa ITF 12 years and under Team competition.
Zimbabwe’s passage was secured by two 3-0 consecutive wins on Saturday and Sunday over Madagascar and Botswana on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The most significant one was the Saturday victory as in the singles Marko Milosavljevic beat Andrianaivo of Madagascar 3-6, 7-5 and 6-1. It was his ability to recover after losing the first set that impressed many at the club that is known for golf.
Takura Mhwandagara was the next to shine for Zimbabwe in the singles beating Toddy Rajaobeina 6-0 and 6-1.
Mhwandagara then partnered Mengezi Sibanda in the doubles to win 6-3, 6-1 for the hosts to complete the whitewash over Madagascar.
The girls could not make it to Morocco after they finished third with just one win over Botswana. Madagascar topped the girls with 3 wins out of 3 and will be joined by South Africa who finished second with two wins after they lost one match to Madagascar.
By Muziwethu Hadebe: Images By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
South Africa continued with their dominance in the ITF 12 years and under Juniors Tennis tournament at the Bulawayo Country Club in Zimbabwe on Friday.
The hosts Zimbabwe beat Mozambique 3-0 in the boys. Zimbabwe’s Mengezi Sibanda was stretched to three sets by Luca Figueirrgo of Mozambique after winning the first set 6-1; he then lost the second set 5-7. Sibanda got a scare but held his nerve to win the third set 6-4 and won the match 2-1.
In the second singles match Marko Milosavevic did well to beat Edilson Rosa of Mozambique in two sets 6-0, 6-2. Takura Mwandagara combined with Milosavevic to beat Figueirrogo and Rosa 6-1, 6-3 in two sets for Zimbabwe to clinch victory over Mozambique 3-0.
Earlier on South Africa had continued with their dominance in this Juniors tournament beating Botswana 3-0. Guy Vormerk won 6-1, 6-0. Jordan Georgiev won 6-2, 6-1, Georgieve and Molefe combined to beat the pair of Mathehsen and Saleshando 6-1, 6-1 for South Africa to record another win in the boys.
On Saturday Botswana meet Mozambique, Madagascar play Zimbabwe, while on Sunday Zimbabwe will meet Botswana with Madagascar set to face red hot South Africa in the boys section to complete the round robin fixtures.
Still in the boys on Wednesday South Africa beat Zimbabwe 2-1, Madagascar beat Botswana 3-0. On Thursday Madagascar beat Botswana 2-1 and South Africa outclassed Mozambique 3-0.
In the girls section South Africa beat Botswana 3-0 as the Zimbabwe girls were shocked by Madagascar 2-1. The girls saw Tadiwanashe Mauchi fall 6-0, 6-1 and Tanyaradzwa Midzi win her singles matche 6-1, 6-1. In the doubles Mauchi partnered Chimedza and lost 6-4, 6-7(3) and 10-3
On Saturday in the girls Botswana will play Madagascar and the big one will see Zimbabwe face South Africa. On Thursday Zimbabwe had done well to beat Botswana in the girls 3-0.
By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
South Africa demolished Zimbabwe while Madagascar dominated Mozambique in the boys matches in the ITF/CAT 12 years and under Southern Africa Junior Team Competitions played on Wednesday at the Bulawayo Country Club.
The round robin matches saw the boys kick start the five day competition. Zimbabwe faced off with South Africa while Madagascar squared off with Mozambique.
In the first singles match Zimbabwe’s Mengezi Sibanda beat South Africa’s Guy V Vorwerk 6-1, 6-1 and 2-6. While Mhwandagara Takura fell to Georgiew Jordan G by 6-3 and 6-4.
In the doubles match Takura Mhwandagara partnered Milosovlyevic Marko but could not defeat South Africa’s Jordan Georgiew and Matthsen. Zimbabwe lost 6-3 & 6-1.
In the other group Magadascar’s Tody A Rajaobelina beat Rose Edilson 6-1 and 6-4. While in the second single match Robarijaona Tefy R beat Mozambique’s Figueredo Luca 6-3 and 6-4.
Adrianoaivo and Rajaobalina partnered to beat Rose and Matingue 6-3 & 6-1 in the doubles match.
According to Zimbabwe boys coach Vincent Nyatoti, it was going to be tough to play in the first day of the competitions and facing a much stronger side in form of South Africa, but overall he was impressed with the display from the boys.
“Although we lost the doubles and one single l believe we lost to a better team. Ideally the boys played very well, l cannot say there is anywhere we went wrong, generally they played well”, said Nyatoti.
Zimbabwe Tennis Chairperson Cliff Nokwara said the competitions are for developmental purposes and they were developing players from an early age to feed into the elite group and they are hoping the players will graduate to represent their countries not only in Zimbabwe but also in their respective Southern African Countries.
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar and Bostwana are the countries taking part. The competition ends on Sunday.
By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
Malan Pierre and Cataldi Taylor won the top prizes as they both emerged victorious in their final matches of the International Tennis Federation Juniors Circuit at the Bulawayo Country Club played on Saturday.
Malan Pierre slaughtered Dylan Salton 6-2, 6-3 in the boys under 18 category to win the top prize in what was a South African affair. Both players gave their all in the first set but Salton could not match the top seed Malan who dominated throughout the tournament.
In the girls section, it was a bad day for the number one seeded MJ Changwereza representing Great Britain as she was not on her best throughout her final match. USA’s Cataldi Taylor emerged victorious after winning 7-5, 6-2 in both sets.
Tournament organizer Cliff Nkokwara said “ initially we were targeting this tournament to be a developmental one, targeting mostly regional players and a lot of Zimbabwean participants to benefit but looking at the depth of the tournament we ended up having players from Australia, America and the likes of Pierre Malan who are top players in the juniors circuit, so that certainly increased the quality of the tournament but not to undo our Zimbabwe players they put up quite a good show.Some reached the quarter finals of tourney , we had the likes of Thabo who got into the semis”.
Chairperson of the Bulawayo Metropolitan Tennis Board, Tarwirwa Chikunichawa also thinks most Zimbabwean players benefited from the tournament which ran for six days and was quick to say they looked forward to hosting more of sùch events.
“It has been a good tournament most of our local players benefited from it and l think as usual we managed to put up a good host and definitly we look into the future we could get more tournaments coming our way in the province” said the Chairperson.
Although most Zimbabwe’s representatives came from the different parts of the country with a noticeable few coming from the host province, the Chairman pointed out that they were making progress as they lost quite a number of junior players who finished playing last year.
He also added that, ” right now we are on a rebuilding process as you can see we had young players who participated in the tournament, so this means that within the next three to four years to come we will have quite a number of players and the continuity of this ITF coming to Bulawayo is going to be a big boost to us, overall l think we hearding in the right direction”.
Tarwirwa was impressed by the Zimbabweans especially those coming from Bulawayo considering how big the stage was and playing against international players but were able to put up quite a show, which is a good thing.
The 13yr old MJ Changwereza who was born in Britain but his parents are originally from Zimbabwe started playing tennis at the age of five but decided to go pro at the age of ten year says she was happy with how the tournament unfolded.
The number one seed of the tournament has reached the semifinals and the finals of the ITF prior to her recent achievement.
The ambitious 13 year old tennis player said her number one goal was to be the World number one and to win all the Grand Slams. More so, she also wants to reach the top 50 of the ITF Juniors and to get a ranking in the ITF Pros.
By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
ZIMBABWE’S hopes to reach to the final of the ITF Juniors Circuit crushed as both Thabo Ncube and Beverly Matsiwe were dismissed in the semifinals played at the Bulawayo Country Club on Friday.
Thabo Ncube who is second seeded in the ITF juniors rankings was dismissed 6-1, 6-3 by Salton Dylan from the Republic of South Africa. Salton will meet his country man Malan Pierre in the finals to be played on Saturday.
On the road to the final, top seeded Pierre overpowered young Samuel Reichbach 7-5, 6-1 in the other semifinal that was also played on Friday. It was going to be tough for Reichbach as Pierre uses power and technique in his game play. The young player at some point came back from 1-5 to level matters up but at the end it Pierre who emerged victorious with a 7-5 win in the first set.
Thabo Ncube put himself under a lot of pressure from the first minute and could not play his normal game. More so, he made lots of mistakes that gave the spying Salton a chance to capitalize on them.
In the girls semifinal Beverly Matsiwe was sent packing by Cataldi Taylor who is seeded second in the tournament.
Great Britain’s Changwereza M.J narrowly beat fourth seeded USA’s Sasinka Victoria 7-6 (0), 4-6 and 6-1 to make her way to the finals.
Tournament organizer Cliff Nkokwara urged both Zimbabwean players and coaches to aim at reaching the finals of such tournaments when given the chance to do so.
” It’s a pity we don’t have a Zimbabwean representing us in final at the same time we also hope Zimbabwean players have learnt from the experiences and I am sure in future tournaments they will start on a better note”, said Nkokwara.
According to him the games should be an eye opener to the coaches saying, “Obviously if we don’t have players in the finals it means there is something that we are not doing right, so our coaches and players need to step up, we need Zimbabwe representation in the finals whenever we host such tournaments.
Saturday’s finals start at 9.00am
M J Changwereza vs Cataldi Taylor: Court 4
Malan Pierre vs Salton Dylan: Court 1
Meanwhile in the boys doubles finals played today Salton Dylan and Coetzee Aldan were crowed gold medalist after beating a stubborn combination of Dusan Rsovac and Samuel Reichbach.
In the girls section Cataldi Taylor and Van Deventer Mieke were the gold winners while Changwereza M J and Vartak Ananya were crowed silver medalist.
By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
Zimbabwe posted three entries in the singles of the quarter finals of the ITF Juniors tournament at the Bulawayo Country Club.
In the under 18 boys singles, the second seeded Thabo Ncube dismissed Poutis Stylalianos from Greece 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2 to book a date with Hamman M who beat fellow country man Anesu Kwirirai to reach to the quarter finals of the tourney.
Zimbabwes second entry was the third seed, Tarubereka Tinashe who will take on Samuel Reichbach of the USA to fight for a place in semifinals.
In the girls section Matsiwe Beverly will be representing Zimbabwe in the singles quarter finals. She takes on Vartak Ananya of Great Britain.
Here are some of the Quarter finalists to look forward to in the ITF Juniors Circuit.
Malan Pieree (1) RSA
Tsiang Tsholofelo. BOTS
Tarubereka Tinashe ZIM
Reihbach Samuel. USA
Hamman M. RSA
Ncube Thabo (2) ZIM
Girls under 18 Quarter final Draw.
Chagwezera M (1) GBR
Ntuli Lungile. RSA
Sisinka Victoria (4) USA
Skrbinsek Mia. RSA
Vartak Ananya.(8) GBR
Matsiwe Beverly (3) ZIM
Portwing Jessica (6) RSA
Cataldi Taylor (2) USA
Doubles Draw Semifinalists.
Hansberg N, Slabbert Cameron
Coetzee Aldam, Salton Dylan
Reichbach S (7), Rsovac Dusan
Chabata Tanaka, Sibanda Ethern
Girls Semifinal Doubles Draw.
Changwereza M J (1), Vartak Ananya
Mahere Tsitsi Claire (3), Sasinka Victoria
Cataldi Taylor, Van Deventer Micke are through to the semis after their match was abandoned.
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.
By Charles Ndlovu
The International Tennis Federation Junior tournament matches started on Monday at the Bulawayo Country club with the singles.
A number of athletes progressed to the second round of the tournament while some players are yet to play in the first round of the competition.
Several female tennis players secured places in the second round of the tournament. Female players such as Changwereza M from Great Britain, Cataldi Taylor from the USA and Zimbabwean Matsiwe B automatically qualified to play in second round of the tournament after having no challengers to face on the first round of the tournament.
Vartak Ananya of Great Britain progressed to the second round of the tournament at the expense of Zimbabwe`s Peterson Kimberly. Vartak Ananya won by two sets over Peterson Kimberly [6-0 6-0].
Zimbabwean Zandile Mnguni also defeated her fellow home girl Lubelihle Moyo to play in the second round and also Claire Machisa was beaten by Van Deventer Mieke from South Africa [4-6 0-6]. Another Zimbabwean female tennis player who pulled out of the competition was K Kaome who lost to South African J Portwig [6-0 6-2].
Zimbabwean young girls also clashed in the first round of the competition. Ashley Dube lost to Manyora Kundai [6-1 6-2]. South Africa’s Vanessa Chigariro proceeded to the second round of the tourney. Chigariro won against Zimbabwean Daisy Tanaka Mwenga by two sets [6-0 6-0].
Young male tennis players who progressed to play in the second round of the competition are RSA, Pierre Malan, Greece`s A Drakos, L Malope from RSA, Farai Mareya from Zim, Tsholofelo Tsiang and T Mosarwa from Botswana, Dusan Rsovac from Australia, Tinashe Whata from Zimbabwe, Coetzee A from RSA, Styianos Poutis from Greece, Strive Bosha, A Kwarirai and Mikhil
Raja, K Sandi, Michael Happy, Tendai Makundu, Bukhosi Moyo, Jerome Adonis and Ryan Jack from Zimbabwe, D Salton, Cameron Slabbert, N Hensberg and M Hamman from RSA as well as N Kalluri and S Reichbach from the USA.