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THE Zimbabwe Junior Closed Tennis tournament entered day two yesterday with the boys’ Under-18 top seed Luca Picci beating Munashe Chingono in the semi-finals at Harare Sports Club.

The Under-18 boys competition started at the quarter-finals stage and Picci, who had a bye in the opening matches, beat Chingono 6-1, 6-4 in the last four yesterday. Picci is set to take on the winner between Derick Namaya and Chris Sibanda in the finals today.

All finals had been set for tomorrow but the top seed has other commitments and will play the finals today.

In the girls section the matches are being played on a round-robin and top seed, Tariro Dembo dismissed Natasha Mbirikuenda 6-1, 6-0.

She went on to dismiss Tinaye Mzenyi 6-0, 6-0 in her second match while Mitchelle Marufu beat Rumbidzai Paguwa 6-1, 6-4. Dembo, who was the losing finalist in the Arenel Wimbledon Harare Junior Open, said she is confident of winning the national tournament as most of the top players are in Namibia for the ITF 18-and-Under circuit.

“Harare Open was tough, there was competition top players were there but this tournament I am the top player so there isn’t tough competition in this tournament. “I just have to work hard, my chances of winning are high,” said Dembo. In other matches played yesterday, top seed Keith Wakatama beat Kudakwashe Chirazembe 6-3, 6-1 in the boys Under-16 to progress to the next round and Vimbai Chirimumimba overpowered Yvette Mkondya 6-2, 6-4 in the girls category.

Top seed in the boys Under-14 Tanaka Chabata beat Nicolas Muduma 6-0, 6-1 while Andrew Kunaka walloped Piwo Moyo 6-1, 6-0. It was the same script in the girls section as top seed Sasha Taruberekera thumped Merit Musherewa 6-0, 6-0 and Natalie Antkowiak defeated Ropafadzo Mutopa 6-0, 6-0. Danai Chinamo beat Thabisile Dube 6-0, 6-0. For the boys, Under-12 top player, Andrew Chigaazira dismissed Tatenda Mukudu 6-1, 6-0 and Taona Mhwandagara had a walkover against Gamu Madzire who did not turn up for the match.

Source : The Herald

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