Lock brothers remain on course
Ellina Mhlanga Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S Courtney Lock yesterday turned on the style to pull through to the second round of the International Tennis Federation Old Mutual Series second tournament underway at Harare Sports Club.
He overcame Dhruv Sunish of India.
On a day his brother Benjamin, seeded second, also sailed through when he ousted Joseph Imeh Ubon 6-1, 6-0, Courtney was the first on the court and beat Sunish of India 7-6 (0), 6-3 in a match that lasted 2hours 24minutes.
The Zimbabwean player had a shaky start in the first set but stamped his authority in the second set.
“It was obviously very cold this morning, probably one of the coldest days this tournament has had and very windy as well, so there were a lot of breaks in the first set,’’ said Courtney.
‘’But I stayed tough, mentally, I think that was the key and then once I got the first set that was a big step.’’
The day belonged to the Lock brothers as Benjamin also sailed through with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Nigeria’s Joseph Imeh Ubon.
They went on to beat Mehluli and Muzi Sibanda 6-4, 6-2 in the doubles.
Courtney said they would want to maintain the momentum after last week’s victory. “I think Benji and I played really well in the doubles last week. I think we want to keep our momentum going,’’ said Courtney.
‘’The support has been great and for singles it’s the same thing and I want to go all the way, I want to keep winning as much as I can.‘’I will just have to take it match by match.’’
Muzi had earlier lost 2-6, 3-6 to Anurag Nenwani from India while Mark Chigaazira went down to United States’ William Bukamusha.
Chigaazira gave credit to his opponent for a good performance and said for him it’s a platform to learn and gain experience.
“For younger players like us, I think it’s not really just about winning. It’s more about having the experience and getting the opportunity to play better people.
‘’I would want to do much better in the years to come but I think I am just as good as they are,’’ said Chigaazira.
In today’s matches, Benjamin takes on Milen Ianakiev from Germany while Courtney is up against Jorge Blanco Guadalupe of Spain.
Mehluli Sibanda has a date against South Africa’s Richard Thongoana.