RISING Zimbabwe female tennis player Pauline Chawafambira has been awarded a four-year scholarship at Eastern Arizona College in the United States.
DANIEL NHAKANISO,SPORTS REPORTER
Chawafambira, whose budding career has been on a gradual rise after a string of impressive performances, is expected to leave the country today for her new base.
The Mutare-born player told NewsDay Sport in an interview yesterday that she was excited about the new challenge and thanked Mantas Tennis Academy for facilitating her move.
“Obviously I’m very happy that I will get a chance to play College tennis in the US. It is a great opportunity for me. I will have a chance to receive professional training, coaching, and have a chance to compete in competitive tournaments which will help me, become a better player.
“I want to thank Mantas Tennis Academy who have been there for me right from the junior ranks and for also helping in facilitating my move to the US,” she said.
Chawafambira said she had high hopes of turning professional in the future and the move to Eastern Arizona College was the first step.
“I hope to turn professional in the future and I believe the move to the US will help me achieve that. While there, I hope to play in more ITF Futures tournaments so that I can improve my ranking,” Chawafambira said.
The 19-year-old Mantas Tennis Academy product had a strong season last year winning women’s singles titles towards the end of the year at the Malawi Open, the Francistown Open and the Zambia Open. She also dominated the Harare Open.
Meanwhile, another Mantas Tennis Academy graduate Taremeredzwa Mariga has been awarded a six-year tennis scholarship at Seward County Community College in the United States. Mariga joins the country’s former Under-18 number one player Ronzai Saurombe, who is also enrolled at the same college.