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TOP seed in the ongoing International Tennis Federation 18-and-Under South Central Circuit, Courtney Lock, sailed through to today’s quarter-finals when he dismissed Ahmed Amine Herress yesterday at Harare Sports Club. Lock beat Herress from Morocco 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets to book his place in the last eight and will take on fellow Zimbabwean, Tadiwa Chinamo this morning.

The top seed, who has been competing in different countries in the past four months, said he is ready to do his best.

“It’s nice to be back home, it’s the first time for me here, back in Zimbabwe, I have been travelling for about 16 weeks this year,” said Lock.

“I was in North Africa, I was in Europe, I was in Namibia and Botswana for the Youth Games.

“I have played some tournaments. I think I have had a good year getting some experience.

“I have prepared for these tournaments. I have had a good first match and tomorrow (today) I am playing a Zimbabwean and he is pretty good level.

“I know the boy I played is from Morocco, he is a clay court player so it was a different type of match, more solid and he doesn’t make many mistakes but I got through.

“Tomorrow I am playing Tadiwa and he is playing well, but I think if I keep playing the way I am playing I should be fine.”

Lock, who reached the semi-finals of the same tournament last year, said he was happy to see more Zimbabwean players going through to the quarter-finals this year.

Last year most of the players struggled to get past the third round.

“It’s very good. I think in the past five years I have been playing this tournament and this is the best year, in terms of results, for Zimbabwean boys.

“We have got about six or seven people in the third round. We will have, hopefully, four in the quarter-finals. It’s really good for the home nation.

“Tadiwa is playing well and I am playing well also and the good thing is one of us will be in the semi-finals but I think if I play well I should take it.

“Last year I made the semi-finals but it was a tougher tournament.

“There were tough players, Changawa (Ismael) was here but I am the number one seed and I am hoping for the best but I will take it match-by-match,” said Lock.

In the girls’ section only Nicole Dzenga pulled through to the last eight when she beat Germany’s Luisa Emelie Schwarte 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Dzenga, who is the top seed, got a bye in the first round and has a date against Oleksandra Andrieieva of Ukraine today.

Tennis Zimbabwe administrator, Cliff Nhokwara, said they have noticed some improvements among the local players.

“It’s day three today with quite a number of Zimbabweans still active.

“We are moving to the fourth day, to the quarter-finals, with a number of Zimbabweans still playing, the likes of Courtney Lock, Tadiwa Chinamo and Nicole Dzenga.

“It’s quite a major development, we have four Zimbabwean players going to the quarter-finals which is a huge plus for the youngsters.

“Obviously, it means they are putting a good fight, hopefully we will get to see a few in the finals let alone win one of the events.

“Last year we struggled to get players into the third day of the event,” said Nhokwara.

The tournament, which is the first of the three events that will end on August 15, continues this morning with the singles quarter-finals and the doubles matches.

Source : The Herald