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Zim tennis players in last eight

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Three Zimbabwean players remained in contention for the boys and girls’ singles titles of the ITF South/Central African Junior Circuit tournament underway at Harare Sports Club after storming into today’s quarterfinals.

In the boys’ section, sixth seed Tendai Tapfuma got the better of Philip De Bruyn from South Africa 6-3 6-4 in yesterday’s third round to set up a quarterfinal clash with Karan Salwan from India who beat South Africa’s Maxime de Clippel 6-2 6-4.

The other local player still in the hunt is Ronzai Saurombe, who came from a set down to knock out Joshua Luck from South Africa in three sets.

The Mantas Tennis Academy (Mantas) product lost the first set 3-6 before rallying from behind to win the next two sets 7-5 and 6-1 to book a place into the last eight.

Saurombe, who is seeded 11th, faces a tough match today against second seed Orly Iradukunda from Burundi who beat Bjorn Schepbouwer from South Africa 6-4 6-2.

While Tapfuma and Saurombe managed to win their matches, Courtney Lock failed to progress to the last eight after going down 6-2 6-2 to Okkie Kellerman from South Africa.

In the girls’ section, the unseeded Nicole Dzenga bravely came from a set down to shock the seventh seeded Melissa Laing from South Africa 5-7 6-1 6-2 to progress to today’s quarterfinals.

Following the early exit of all the other local girls in the first round, Dzenga, who is now the country’s sole representative, needed to raise her game and she duly obliged with a commanding display after an early glitch in the opening set.

Today, Dzenga comes up against third seed Spurti Shivalingaiah from India, who beat Sarah Sarjoo from South Africa 6-2 6-4.

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