End of the road for Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe contingent for the International Tennis Federation’s Twenty Third Systems tournament will be on the stands to watch others play after the remainder of the troops Mark Fynn and Tinashe Chikanda were sent crashing out in the second round of the one week tennis fiesta.

Fynn who helped Zimbabwe qualify for the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Group 11 crashed out of the tournament in a straight sets to 3-6, 4-6 to Antal Van Duim of the Netherlands.

Also out is the last of the Zimbabweans Chikanda who was well beaten 6-1, 6-3 to Oscar Henandez Perez of Spain.

Chikanda and Fynn who was Zimbabwe’s top ranked player in the week long contest follow hard on the heels of Martin Dzuwa, Miracle Makanda, and Tinotenda Chanakira who lost out in the first round.

Although Tennis Zimbabwe president Regis Bhunu had admitted that Zimbabweans would not stand a chance in this tournament as they were facing highly ranked players it is the margins of the straight set defeats that have sent tongues wagging.

The last time Zimbabwe hosted a tournament of this magnitude in 2012, it was won by the country’s top player, Takanyi Garanganga. But Garanganga did not come for this tournament as he has other commitments elsewhere.

Top seeded Boy Westerhof of the Netherlands is the favourite to win the competition that runs up to Sunday.

The Zimbabweans, however, will have to try their luck again in next week’s NetOne Futures tournament that runs from Monday to Saturday.

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