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Tinotenda Chipfakacha
Clayton Shereni

A 12-year-old Helen McGhie Primary School pupil recently impressed at the Ambassador's Tennis Tournament held in at Old Harrarians Sports Club in Harare by putting up a polished performance.
Tinotenda Chipfakacha finished on the second spot in the girls Under 12s category after losing to Harare-based tennis star Tendai Makunike in the grand finale.
On her course to the final, Chipfakacha had a bye in the first match and outclassed 16 other competitors including the likes of top ranked player Ines Bescond to reach the semis.
Chipfakacha played tournament favourite Chanelle Zhuwakani in the semifinals in an intriguing encounter which she won to proceed to the final match of the tournament.
In the finals, she lost to Makunike to settle for the tournament's silver medal.
Speaking to TellZim News, Chipfakacha's coach, Goodwill Samson applauded her top notch performance and said the young star was surely going to shine in upcoming competitions.
"Tinotenda is a great player, she lost in the finals but it was a great achievement. She really played well throughout the tournament, she managed to knockout 16 girls and her future looks so bright. This is just but the beginning,” said Samson.
Chipfakacha has produced a streak of good results, winning some silverware in every competition in the last four matches in which she took part.
She participated in the Bulawayo Open and Tarryn Desouza Open where she won Bronze in both competitions.
In the Mantas Open, she bagged Silver and went on to play in the Manicaland Open where she won gold in the doubles category.
Helen McGhie has been a hub of producing tennis stars with the likes of Edina Mhango representing the country at a regional competition last year.
The province has also produced some of the finest young talents including Tanatsiwa Tanyongana who represented the country at the Confederation of Schools Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) games in Namibia last year.

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