Busy Bee Bless­ing Muh­wati

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

SOON af­ter con­clud­ing his In­for­ma­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Man­age­ment as­sign­ment Bless­ing Muh­wati headed straight to an­other one.

But this one was not an aca­demic as­sign­ment but the Zim­babwe Grand Prix Series tour­na­ment, hosted by Harare Sports Club last week.

The 22-year-old Muh­wati, the coun­try’s num­ber one squash player, made light work of his op­po­nents.

He won the Grand Prix and con­tin­ued to im­prove his world rank­ing.

The Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg stu­dent is now ranked 238 in the world hav­ing turned pro in March ranked 463.

“Af­ter a very proac­tive week and a lit­tle sleep . . . I am happy to walk away with the win,” said the South Africabased Muh­wati, who eased 3-0 past Faisal Has­san to win the third edi­tion of the Grand Prix Series.

The strain of bal­anc­ing school and sport has strength­ened Muh­wati.

“It’s tough but I think it builds char­ac­ter. There is no time to slacken. Con­sis­tency in train­ing and study­ing is the es­sen­tial key.

“I headed to the tour­na­ment af­ter spend­ing hours work­ing on my univer­sity as­sign­ment but I was never go­ing to use that as an ex­cuse.

“To me ev­ery match or game counts, I like to give my op­po­nents my best,” said the for­mer Prince Ed­ward School pupil. Where would he want to end the year ranked?

“I would like to end up in the 100 and some­thing. Con­sid­er­ing we don’t have much time left and don’t have fund­ing to travel, play­ing at the ma­jor tour­na­ments will be im­pos­si­ble.

“If I hap­pen to play tour­na­ments it will be lo­cal tour­na­ments in South Africa and maybe a few more closed PSA satel­lites,” said Muh­wati who also won the Zim­babwe Closed Cham­pi­onship which was the coun­try’s first ever Pro­fes­sional Squash As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment in July.

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