ZIMBABWE hopefuls Takanyi Garanganga and Mark Fynn remained on course for the men’s singles title after storming to the quarter-finals of the Twenty Third Century Systems ITF Futures tournament on the back of convincing wins in their second round matches at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Report by Daniel Nhakaniso Sports Reporter
Top seed Garanganga hardly broke sweat as he needed just over 30 minutes to thrash Phenyo Montang from Botswana 6-0, 6-0 in a one-sided second round tie.
The US-based star will today meet Lukas Marsoun from the Czech Republic who beat Italian Francesco Vilardo 7-5, 6-2.
Fynn, still on cloud nine after causing the upset of the tournament on Tuesday, continued his good run with a 6-1, 6-4 win over South African Lloyd Segal.
Fynn said he would take each match as it came.
“Obviously in tennis it’s important to take each match as it comes and not look too much ahead.
“I’m just happy to be playing well and to still be in contention at this stage. Obviously my win in the first match gave me a lot of confidence,” said Fynn.
Fynn will today square up against South African Keith Crowley who dismissed German player Adriano Quinti 6-1, 6-1 in straight sets yesterday.
Spain-based Zimbabwean player Tinotenda Chanakira’s campaign came to an end yesterday after losing to the third seeded South African Ruan Roelofse 6-2, 6-2.
Roelofse will today battle against Italian Matteo Marfia for a place in the semi-finals after the latter knocked out American Dustin Goldenberg courtesy of a hard-fought 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 win yesterday.
The other quarter-final matchup today will see American Evan Song taking on Emanuele Molia.
Song accounted for Spain’s Martin Salazar 6-3, 6-4 while the fourth seeded Molina came from a set down to beat South Africa’s Anru Fourie 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.