Ethan Sibanda salvaged some lost pride for Zimbabwe at the ongoing International Tennis Federation (ITF) 18 and under tournament after storming into the quarter finals following a 2nd round victory over Sylvestre Monnou of Benin at Harare Sports Club today (Tuesday).
After overcoming Yanick Schneider in a first round 3 set thriller, Sibanda maintained the positive momentum by claiming the scalp of the tournament’s 3rd seed.
Sibanda got the better of Monnou 7-5, 6-4 to progress to the quarter finals.
“I am happy with how I played today. It is good to get through to the quarter finals which I know will be tough. I need to improve on my serve but I will try my best in my next match,” said Sibanda.
In the girls section Rufaro Magarira’s hopes of progressing to the last 8 were shattered following a 3-6, 6-3, 5-7 loss to Tshegofatso Tsiang of Botswana.
“It is disappointing to have come back in the 3rd set from 5-2 down to level matters at 5-5 and then go on to lose the match after such hard work. It is really tough,” said Magarira.
Magarira’s elimination in the girl’s section left Sibanda as the only Zimbabwean singles player to make it to the quarter finals in both the boys and girls categories.
This week is the third and final leg of the ITF 18 and under tournament that has attracted players from different parts of the globe.