ZIMBABWE’s leading tennis player Takanyi Garanganga is still in the hunt in the singles competition at the $15 000 Senegal F1 Futures underway in Dakar while his compatriots Mark Fynn and Tatenda Chanakira were knocked out in the first round.
Garanganga, the third seed, was in brilliant form as he easily cleared the first hurdle after beating Portugal’s Henrique Sousa 6-4, 6-0 in straight sets to book a date with Alexis Klegous from Benin.
Klegous needed three sets to get the better of Libor Salaba from the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6, (4) 6-2 in his first round encounter.
Garanganga, who is currently placed 363 on the world rankings will be banking on his recent good form on the ITF Futures and Challengers Tours in the US.
The former Prince Edward High schoolboy has won two titles on the ITF Futures Circuit at the Turkey F24 Futures and Turkey F38 Futures.
He also recently reached the semi-finals of an ITF Challenger event in Knoxville, Tennessee upstaging highly ranked players such as South Africa’s Rik de Voest ranked 164 in the world and Greece Theodoros Angelinos (254) along the way.
While Garanganga is still in contention for the singles competition there was no such luck for Chanakira and Fynn.
Chanakira was no match for South Africa’s Damon Gooch, losing 6-1, 6-1 in straight sets while Fynn put on a brave display against the fourth seed Maximilian Neuchrist from Austria before going down 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.