CLAIRE Machisa lived up to expectations beating Thabisile Dube to claim the title in the final of the Tarryn-Leigh De Souza Open tennis Tournament played at Girls’ College yesterday.
Machisa, who competed in an age group higher than hers in the Under-14 category, beat Dube 6-3, 6-1.
The Under-14 girls’ champion was meant to compete in the Under-12s, but chose not to.
To get to the final, Machisa beat Kimberly Ndlovu 6-0, 6-2 in one of her matches and went on to dismiss Lynette Phiri in another match 6-1, 6-2 having won 6-3, 6-0 against Zandile Mguni.
This was Machisa’s first time competing in the Under-14 category and she did well together with her agemate Nicole Mutukutira who also competed in the Under-14 category.
Dube, however, made amends when she partnered Zandile Mguni in the doubles to win against Takudzwa Mawisire and Kimberly Ndlovu 6-2, 6-3.
Takudzwa’s sister Tafadzwa claimed the Under-18 title beating Nicole Chigwada 6-0, 6-2.
Both Takudzwa and Tafadzwa are siblings to tennis sisters Fadzai and Vimbai who have on several occasions represented the country.
In the Under-14 boys’ category, Ethan Sibanda won the bragging rights after beating Anesu Kwirirai 6-1, 6-2.
Ethan and his teammate Taona Mwandagara beat Phiwo Moyo and Shane Tapera 6-3, 6-2 in the doubles.
Tanaka Chabata won the boys’ Under-18 championship coming from a set down against Bongani Sibanda to claim it 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Chabata later teamed up with Tinashe Hwata to beat Sibanda and Devin Withall in the doubles 6-3, 6-3.
The Under-12 boys’ category was won by Bukhosi Moyo who beat Lesedi Raguin 7-6, 6-4.
Tournament director Raggs Chikunichawa said the tournament had gone well.
“It has been a great week. Long and hectic as we had two tournaments, but the competition went well,” he said.
“It was a good entry with about 60 children. The competition was between average and high, but because there was a smaller group the children got a lot of game time.”
The winners were awarded with prizes, trophies and will be ranked nationally.