HARARE – Zimbabwean rising tennis ace Pauline Chawafambira added another feather to her cap when she won the Malawi Open singles and doubles championships in Blantyre on Wednesday.
The Mantas Tennis Academy product beat Malawi's Mary Luhanga 6-0, 7-5 in the singles final before partnering Zambia’s Miriam Zulu in the doubles section.
The Zimbabwe-Zambia duo then went on to beat Malawi’s Patricia Matola and Mary Luhanga 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the doubles final.
For winning both the singles and doubles, Chawafambira was guaranteed $1 500.
She however turned down the winning price purse because she is due for a college tennis scholarship at Seward Country Community College in Kansas, United States.
“It feels so great to win such a huge tournament. It was my first time winning the Malawi Open and the competition was pretty tough,” Chawafambira told the Daily News.
The junior tennis player is now preparing for the Zambia Open next weekend.
Mantas Academy director for coaching Freeman Nyamunokora said Chawafambira was headed for dizzy heights.
“They are no points on offer in the Malawi Open, it’s the money. But for Pauline, taking part is not about the money, she is doing it for her exposure,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s Edgar Kazembe retained the Malawi Open singles championship title when he beat compatriot Nkumbu Chonya at Blantyre Sports Complex.
Kazembe cruised through the final after beating fellow Zambian Henry Banda in the quarterfinals with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win before overcoming Zimbabwe’s Malcom Muntungamire 6-3, 7-5 in the semi-finals.
The event was made up of competitors from Swaziland, Zambia, Botswana and hosts, Malawi.