THE BULAWAYO tennis team had good start in the 2013 Zimbabwe National Youth Games winning three matches in both the men’s and women’s sections by yesterday in matches that are being played at Girls’ College.
All the tennis matches will have to be played at Girls’ College as the other venue that had been designated for the games, Emakhandeni Tennis Club, was deemed not ready to host the competition.
In matches that were played on Monday, Bulawayo won two matches beating Matabeleland North 2-0 in the women’s section while in the men’s category they dispatched Mashonaland Central with the same scoreline.
Lisa Shoko of Bulawayo beat Thandiwe Munkuli 6-0, 6-1 in the first women’s match for the hosts while Tanya Magunje whitewashed Chipo Nyoni 6-0, 6-0 in the next game.
Later in the day Friedlander Kadzombe also emphatically cruised past Thabani Mathe of Mashonaland West 6-0, 6-0 before Nigel Ncube beat Chrispen Chiwenga 6-0, 6-1.
Manicaland were also on the rampage in the women’s section beating Mashonaland West 2-0 as Latifah Jasini crushed Tinopiwanashe Zishiri 6-0, 6-0 while Rudo Mahachi also had the edge over Delphine Nguluve with the same score line.
Yesterday, the Manicaland men beat Masvingo 2-1 with Kudakwashe Chirazembe beating Divine Sigauke 7-6, 7-5 in a tightly contested duel.
Sinfree Tizora of Manicaland then lost 4-6, 4-6 to Masvingo’s Owen Mapanzure.
Manicaland then came back into the game in the doubles section where Chirazembe and Tizora beat Sigauke and Mapanzure 6-1, 7-5.
In other matches that were played on Monday by the women, the Midlands beat Mashonaland 2-0 with Natalie Senderayi Christancia Mutsenah 6-3, 6-4 while Wendu Rudhu routed Christabell Mutsenah 6-0.
Matabeleland South beat Masonaland East 2-0 through Mbali Tshabangu over Rufaro Chiwandire 6-1, 6-3 and Bessie Chitsaka over Ashylette Moswa 6-1, 6-1.
Mashonaland Central were on the receiving end again losing 2-0 to Harare with Christancia losing 6-0, 6-0 to Tariro Dembo while Christabell lost 6-2, 6-0 to Abibi Tawakali.
Dembo and Tawakali also beat Mashonaland West’s pair of Zishiri and Nguluve 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0.
In other men’s matches, Mashonaland East’s Nick Hiyani and Nigel Zhou beat Auret Timothy and Emmanuel Nkomo of Matabeleland South 6-0, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-2 respectively while Masvingo’s Sigauke and Mapanzure beat Mashonaland West’s Clive Shumba 6-4, 2-6, 13-11 and 6-2, 6-3 respectively. The games continue tomorrow after today’s break.