HARARE – Zimbabwe’s female tennis player Pauline Chawafambira’s stock has continued on its upward trend as she posts impressive results each time she’s on tour.
Chawafambira’s results and performances in previous years, coupled with her exploits at various tournaments, have left the Mutare-born player hogging the tennis limelight.
The Mantas Tennis Academy product stormed into the semifinals of the on-going Zambia Tennis Open tournament yesterday.
Last week, Chawafambira won the Malawi Tennis Open after beating Malawi's Mary Luhanga 6-0, 7-5 in the singles final before partnering Zambia’s Miriam Zulu in the doubles section.
Chawafambira and her partner went on to beat Malawi’s Patricia Matolaand Mary Luhanga 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the doubles final.
For winning both the singles and doubles, Chawafambira was supposed to pocket $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.
Mantas Tennis Academy director for coaching, Freeman Nyamunokora showered praise to Chawafambira.
“Chawafambira shows a lot of talent if and if she gets enough support she will rise to greater heights,” Nyamunokora told the Daily News on Sunday.
“She is still young so she have to work hard in order to achieve all her ambitions in her carrier but l believe she will make a big impact in the near future.
“Mantas junior players have generated a lot of confidence in the tennis circles with great potential of reviving Zimbabwe’s lost glory in the courts.
“A tennis player goes through certain phases and that is the junior career, semi-professional and the professional career. Resources determine whether the player goes through all these stages.”