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Mharakurwa wins ITF wheelchair tourney


Zimbabwean wheelchair tennis ace Nyasha Mharakurwa won the 2011 ITF NEC Men’s Singles Open Wheelchair Tennis tour after beating the second seed of the tournament South Africa Ishmael Tshipuke 6-0, 6-0 at the Bulawayo Athletic Club yesterday.

The Ladies’ Open was won by Rosalea Van Der Merwe who beat fellow South African Celia DuToit 6-1, 6-1.

In the junior’s category another South African Donald Rampadi edged Bulawayo’s Shepherd Banda 6-3, 6-0.

South Africa-based Mharakurwa beat Bulawayo’s Samson Muroyiwa in the semi-finals while Tshipuke proceeded to the final after South African Selepi fell ill on Wednesday.

Mharakurwa beat Rangarirai Chiware of Bulawayo 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and Collin Makwanya of Harare in the quarter-finals with the same scoreline before edging Muroyiwa.

Tshipuke beat Moses Chitombo of Masvingo 6-1, 6-0 in the first round and thumped Harare’s Harry Mavengano 6-0, 6-0 in the quarter-finals before the easy walk to the final.

DuToit beat Nyarai Nechiturike of Harare 6-1, 6-0 while Van der Merwe also sailed into the final after beating Dorcas Hwatira also of Harare with the same scoreline.

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