The Astra Paints junior tennis championships went a gear up as the Under-14s battled for quarter-final berths in the competition at Highlands Sports Club Wednesday.
There were no major upsets at the tournament but it does notn mean it was short of quality as the young players showed a lot of talent at the various courts at the club.
Tatenda Murape, son of the late former Davies Cup non- playing captain Claudius Murape, sailed through to the Under-14 quarter-finals with a straight sets victory over Panashe Mundondo.
Murape dismissed Mundondo 6-2, 6-2 and will today meet Muzi Sibanda who had a bye to the next stage of the competition.
Tonderai Tapfuma also booked a place in the quarter- finals with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Courage Marondera and will now meet the winner between Munashe Chigomo and Keith Wakatama who were expected to meet later Wednesday.
Tawanda Nyakoto beat Alex Dore 6-0, 6-1 while Ngoni Makambwa dismissed Tatenda Manyere 6-1, 6-2.
Nyakoto will now meet Tonderai Rushwaya who received a bye while Makambwa will lock horns with Chriswell Sibanda.
In the Under-14 girls, the most impressive win came from Thandiwe Maglisi who thumped Hellen Chipidza 6-0, 6-0 while top seed Munashe Kaone dismissed Chipo Mazinde 6-2, 6-2.
In the other Under-14 girls results, top seed Memory Nyabereka booked a place in the quarter- finals after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lisa Mugadza. Kajal Aroora beat Jessica Dawson 7-5, 6-2.
In the prestigious Under-18 boys’ category, the seeded quartet of Tinotenda Alufeyo, Sean Fynn, Takudzwa Muswere and Shingirai Kaisa were set to play the winners of the four matches that were played later in the day Wednesday.
The tournament has certainly lived up to its reputation as over 190 young players registered to take part at the event which will take place until Saturday.