Benjamin lock wins ATP Challenger Tour as Rufaro Magarira triumphs in Kenya

By ZBC Reporter

ZIMBABWEAN Tennis Player Benjamin Lock is on cloud nine after winning his second doubles title on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour.

Lock who is the country’s highest-ranked tennis player partnered Taiwanese Yu Hsiou Hsu to victory in the 2021 President’s Cup in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan this Saturday.

Lock and Hsu grinded out a hard fought 6-2, 1-6 (10-7) after a nervy tie breaker in the final to fend off the challenge posed by Canadian Peter Polansky and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The Zimbabwean won his first ATP Challenger Tour tournament in February last year when he teamed up with United States’ Evan King at the Launceston International to win the doubles final in Australia.

The ATP Challenger Tour is the second highest level on men’s professional tennis circuit below the top tier ATP Tour.

Still in tennis, rising female star, Rufaro Magarira beat Russian top seed Arina Valitova 7-6 4-6 6-4 to win the International Tennis Federation grade four (4) Open in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rufaro who was seeded fourth has been on the rise and recently represented the country in Lithuania where team Zimbabwe fought to make the rankings playoffs.

Moving onto martial arts, Kareteka Wilfed Mashaya has received the hall of fame trophy from the International Karate Association.

This comes on the back of another recognition were in yet another stroke of brilliance the ZimNinja Academy scooped 15 medals from the 2nd  International Karate and Kobudo Championship of the year hosted by India.

In football, Khama Billiat’s return from injury could not inspire Kaizer Chiefs to victory as they lost three-nil to Al Ahly in the CAF Champions league final played in Casablanca.

The midfielder has been out through injury and was introduced as a second half substitute but that was all in vain.

Fellow countryman Willard Katsande was also part of the team but they could not salvage anything after Amakhosi were reduced to 10-man.

In France, Marshall Munetsi played in a Stade de Reims’ one-nil victory over Amical in a friendly match which was part of the French club preparations for the upcoming season.

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