Garanganga through, Fynn out

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TOP seed Takanyi Garanganga recovered from a sluggish start to book his place in the Twenty Third Century Systems ITF Futures semi-finals with a victory over Lukas Marsoun from the Czech Republic at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

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Garanganga looked to be in some trouble when Marsoun, who started brightly, grabbed the early initiative by breaking his opponent’s first game on his way to winning the first set 6-4.

With the odds staked against him launching a fight-back, Garanganga refused to give in as he bounced back to claim a 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5) victory.

An elated Garanganga said: “It was a tough match. But it’s not the first time I’ve had a match like this. I’m glad I managed to come through. I managed to work on some technical errors I made early on and I’m just glad I’m through to the semi-finals.”

The third-seeded South African Ruan Roelofse now stands between Garanganga and a place in tomorrow’s final after he comfortably won his quarter-final match against Italian Marfia 6-1, 6-1.

Garanganga, who was backed by a vocal home crowd, used his booming serve to great effect, as he overcame early pressure against the temperamental Marsoun, who certainly gave him a run for his money with his array of shots.

The 22-year-old United States-based star was unstoppable in the second set, winning six straight games.

The decider proved to be a cagey affair as both players upped their game, but Garanganga had enough in the tank to claim a hard-fought win after a tie breaker.

Any hopes of an all-Zimbabwean final were ended yesterday after Mark Fynn’s brilliant run in this tournament was brought to an end with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 quarterfinal loss to South African Keith Crowley.

Fynn, who knocked out one of the pre-tournament favourites in the first round, struggled for most of the match with a back strain.

Crowley will today take on American Evan Song, who was clinical in his 6-1, 6-2 thumping win over the fourth seeded Emanuele Molina from Italy.