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Zimbabwe Davis Cup Tennis team beat Turkey in Group 11 Euro-Africa zone tie

04/02/2018 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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Zimbabwe Davis Cup Tennis doubles team of Benjamin Lock and Takanyi Garanganga caused a major upset when they beat highly fancied Turkey Sunday in a Group 11 Euro-Africa zone tie to progress to the next round.

Turkey doubles pair of Sarp Agabigan and Tuna Altuma, ranked 170, were beaten 7-5 and 6-3 by the Zimbabwean team.  Zimbabwe is ranked lower at 1 370 leads 3-0.

With the fans behind them the local team produced a spirited performance after the match was delayed for hours because of heavy rains.    

Both captains, Gwinyai Tongoona and Haluk Akkoun, decided to forgo the dead rubber reverse singles and thereby denied Zimbabwe’s younger fringe players Mark Chigaazira and Mehluli Sibanda a run and an opportunity to play at highest level in front of their fans.

Saturday Zimbabwe took a 2-0 lead in the Euro-Africa Group II Davis Cup tie against Turkey, after top seed Lock and second seed Takanyi won both their singles matches at Harare Sports Club.

Lock beat Turkey second seed Altug Celikbilek 6-4, 1- 6 and 6-3 to give Zimbabwe a 1-nil lead.

Takanyi then beat Turkey’s top seed Cem Ilkel 6-4, 7-5 in straight sets to give Zimbabwe a 2-nil advantage and in need of one more point from doubles to clinch the tie.



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