Top seed Takanyi Garanganga will take on veteran Genius Chidzikwe in today’s NetOne Zimbabwe Open Tennis final after they both recorded victories in yesterday’s semi-
finals at Harare Sports Club.
US-based Garanganga outclassed veteran Martin Dzuwa with a 6-3, 6-0 straight sets win at the centre court while Chidzikwe, who knocked out defending champion Benjamin Lock in the semis powered past Malcom Mutungamiri 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-3.
However, it was the clash between Garanganga and veteran Dzuwa which attracted most of the attention with the latter initially getting off to a promising start before running out of steam.
Dzuwa settled first, breaking Garanganga’s lethal serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead in the first set.
The temperamental Dzuwa lost his cool after some unforced errors allowing Garanganga, who played with a smile on his face throughout the match, to win the next four consecutive games to seal the set 6-3 inside an hour.
With the match firmly within his sight and his opponent visibly tired, Garanganga wrapped up the match with a clinical display in the second set in which he won six consecutive games to seal the match.
“Initially I didn’t settle down as quickly as I would have wanted but once I got in the zone I knew I would do well. Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to get into my groove and I just maintained the momentum from there on until the end.
Now my focus is on the final and hopefully I will just continue playing well,” said Garanganga.
Garanganga walked away with a bronze medal on the Sportsman of the Year category at Thursday night’s Annual National Sports Awards (Ansa).
He refused to comment about his opponent in tomorrow’s saying he would instead be focusing on his game.
In the ladies’ contest defending champion Valeria Bhunu will lock horns with US-based Fadzai Mawisire in the final after they both won their semi-final matches yesterday. Mawisire (23), who is a student assistant coach at Southern Illinois University in the US, beat Pauline Chawafambira 7-5, 6-3 to reach the final in her first tournament on home soil since her return from the US recently.
The 16-year-old Bhunu, one of the most promising junior female players in the country at the moment, was in devastating form as she dumped Tariro Dembo 6-0, 6-0.