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Helen McGhie tennis ace shines at Ambassador’s tourney

Tinotenda Chipfakacha
Clayton Shereni

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12-year-old Helen McGhie Primary School pupil recently impressed at the
Ambassador’s Tennis Tournament held in at Old Harrarians Sports Club in Harare
by putting up a polished performance.
Tinotenda
Chipfakacha finished on the second spot in the girls Under 12s category after
losing to Harare-based tennis star Tendai Makunike in the grand finale.
On
her course to the final, Chipfakacha had a bye in the first match and outclassed
16 other competitors including the likes of top ranked player Ines Bescond to
reach the semis.
Chipfakacha
played tournament favourite Chanelle Zhuwakani in the semifinals in an
intriguing encounter which she won to proceed to the final match of the
tournament.
In
the finals, she lost to Makunike to settle for the tournament’s silver medal.
Speaking
to TellZim News, Chipfakacha’s coach, Goodwill Samson applauded her top notch
performance and said the young star was surely going to shine in upcoming
competitions.
“Tinotenda
is a great player, she lost in the finals but it was a great achievement. She
really played well throughout the tournament, she managed to knockout 16 girls
and her future looks so bright. This is just but the beginning,” said Samson.
Chipfakacha
has produced a streak of good results, winning some silverware in every
competition in the last four matches in which she took part.
She
participated in the Bulawayo Open and Tarryn Desouza Open where she won Bronze
in both competitions.
In
the Mantas Open, she bagged Silver and went on to play in the Manicaland Open
where she won gold in the doubles category.
Helen
McGhie has been a hub of producing tennis stars with the likes of Edina Mhango
representing the country at a regional competition last year.
The
province has also produced some of the finest young talents including Tanatsiwa
Tanyongana who represented the country at the Confederation of Schools Sport
Associations of Southern Africa
(Cossasa) games in Namibia last year.

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