There were no major surprises or upsets at the annual New Winners Tennis tournament which got underway in the capital on Tuesday.
The tournament’s early stages will be hosted at three venues: Harare Sports, Prince Edward and Alexander Sports Club until the latter stages of the competition.
In the Under-18 girls’ category South African-based favourites, Valeria Bhunu and Pauline Chawafambira cruised to the quarterfinals at Harare Sports Club.
However, still at Harare Sports Club Bhunu made light work of Tafadzwa Chiridza, winning 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets before Chawafambira breezed past Michaela Lock 6-3, 6-1.
Another serious contender Nicole Dzenga also enjoyed a good start after dismissing Chipo Ziyambi 6-0, 6-1.
In the Under-18 boys’ category the highlight of the day was when Joram Mukono set up a date with one of the pre-tournament favourites Innocent Mhere after beating Takudzwa Tsapayi 6-3, 6-1.
In the girls Under-13 two semi-final places had already been decided with Kundai Dhlamini and Kimberly Bhunu both booking their places.
Dhlamini was the first to reach the semi-finals after a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory over Confidence Muswari in the third round before dispatching Jackie Ngondo 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
Kimberly, the younger sister to Valeria, beat Courtney Cook 6-1, 6-0 in the third round after receiving a bye, before booking her place in the semis with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tanyaradzwa Magunje.
The other semi-final spot was yet to be decided with the younger Chawafambira sibling Margret set to meet Tafadzwa Mutengambiri for a place in the girls Under-13 semis.
Mutengambiri had dismissed Primrose Alison 6-3, 6-4 while Chawafambira progresses courtesy of a walkover after her opponent did not turn up.
More than 70 players are taking part in the tournament, which is being used to prepare local players for the zonal qualifiers of the Africa Junior Championships next week.