New champions emerge in Tennis
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Support Unit and Matebeleland North provinces were this year’s winners in Men and Women’s tennis teams, respectively, after dislodging 2017 champions - National Traffic - during the recently held 2018 Commissioner General of Police Sports Gala.
The competition was tough for National Traffic as they failed to collect a single medal in tennis during this year’s tournament.
In the men’s (Team Game) category, Support Unit’s Esau Khondowe partnered well with Elliot Ganyani in the final where they clinched gold. They went past Police General Headquarters team which collected a silver medal while Harare settled for bronze.
Khondowe was in no nonsense mood as he collected another gold medal in men singles final, beating Harare’s James Harrison Dhimba 6-3, 6-1. The 2017 champion, Mike Mukuna struggled for form during the whole tournament and managed to collect a bronze medal.
In the Women’s category, Prisca Chitambo and Ropafadzo Manyande triumphed over Maria Ndlovu and Clara Matenga to claim gold in the final team games. PGHQ took bronze. Rutendo Chikunya of PGHQ failed again to reclaim the gold medal that she won in 2016.
In the doubles, the combination of Prisca Chitambo and Ropafadzo Manyande was unassailable. They beat PGHQ which was represented by Chikunya and Eneres Taruvinga who settled for silver medal. Bronze went to MBCU who were represented by Catherine Kalosi and Tendai Chirinda.
It was Matebeland North again mixed doubles with now doubles specialist, Chitambo clinching her third gold after combining well with Tinashe Madekutsikwa to dismiss the pair of Mbizi and Mukuna. Bulawayo Province’s Martin Gwaronda and Ndlovu took bronze.
In the women legends finals it was Mbizi, Chitambo and Josephine Muchenje taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.