Kenyans post mixed results at the open

Mar 16, 2012
  • Kenyan Faizal Khan is the only men's player who qualified for the semi finals.(Photo:Shutterspeed)

Top seeded Caroline Oduor progressed to the ladies' semi final of the Real Insurance Kenya open championship with an easy win over Eunice Wambui.

Oduor announced her return after missing the past editions with a convincing 6-4,6-0 over her compatriot to sail to Fridays semis. Another Kenyan, Evelyn Otula and tournament’s third seed,Omar Fernandez also made the semis after wining the mid morning matches played at the Nairobi club courts Thursday.

Otula eliminated Gloria Rotich out of the tournament with a 6-0,6-4 win while Fernandez registered similar sets win of, 6-1,6-1 set over Laura Price.Juliet Cherono beat Museke Rosette 6-3,6-2 to progress to the next stage of the competition.

In the men's singles only‪ one Kenyan, Fazal Khan progressed to the semis as five others fell by the way side. ‪Khan who will also meet defending champion, Duncan Mugabe from Ugandan and ‬Diedonne Habiyambere (Rwanda) in the doubles won the first set 6-1 before Hakim Ntwali (Rwanda) limped out of the court with an injury forcing the match to retire with Khan leading 3-1.‬

Khan will meet Jean Gasigwa who also beat Tanzanian Kasim Hassa 6-3,6-0 in the semis. ‪Juma Changawa was knocked out in the quarters by Zimbabwean, Edgar Kazembe who had a 6-2,6-2 set. Kennedy Oduor tried but despite winning the second set, he could not match Hillary Nyakabau who won the match 7-5,2-6,6-0.‬‬ ‪

Mugabe continued with his impressive run in the tournament with an easy 6-1,6-3 set win over Tanzanian Brian Malya.‬‬ ‪Burundi therefore lead with the highest number of players in semis at two after Amadi Kagoma and Issa Cuma made it to the semis with wins over Tanzanian Rajabu Waziri who lost 6-1,6-4 to Kagoma and Kenyan Ibrahim Kibet who suffered 6-1,4-6,6-3 loss at the hands of Cuma.‬‬ ‪

Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Uganda and host Kenya has one player each left to battle for the Ksh. 85,000 prize money.‬‬ ‪ ‬‬ Edwin Murua, Yohana Assamwila,Samuel Lemurt,Alfred Simiyu, Caleb Odiyo and Dennis Muga all qualified to the wheelchair category semis after they were awarded byes.

Bhaveet Chudasamma and Jeremiah Singira also made it to the semis with wins over Itaken Timoi (4-1,4-0) and Silvester Baraza who lost 2-4, 4-2, 5-2.


Elvince Joshua

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