Retired? Not Me, Otula

Mar 13, 2012
  • Kenya's Faizal Khan in action during the Kenya Open at the Nairobi Club.(Photo:Shutterspeed)

Evelyn Otula has refuted media reports claiming she had retired from competitive tennis and explained she took a break to concentrate on her post graduate studies.

"Who said that I had retired from tennis? That is not true. I enrolled for a Masters degree at Kenyatta University and I had to concentrate on my studies, hence the need to take a break, but now am back," said Otula.

The soft-spoken player who represented Kenya at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo has been out of competitive tennis for the last two years. She will be making a return during the Real Insurance Kenya Open championship on Wednesday.

Otula currently trains at the Public Service Club. Otula did not set a target in the championship which will bring other local players such as Caroline Oduor and Veronica Osogo.

"I am back and my target is to play some good tennis and enjoy myself," said Otula who will be playing mixed doubles with Zimbabwean Martin Dzuwa.

Meanwhile Kenya will have 14 out 16 players who qualified for the the men's final qualifiers to be played on Tuesday at the Nairobi club.

Canadian Jean Thiboutot and Salum Riziki from Tanzania locked out Kenya’s pair of Ian Rahedi and Thomas Mwangola. Joshua Owino beat compatriot Muhanji Felix 6-0, 6-4 to book a semi final berth with David Kigunda who also edged out Arnold Mbandi 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 while Naftali Ngatia will be seeking a revenge over Tanzanian Riziki who denied Kenyan Geoffrey Kibiwot a semi final place with 6-1, 6-3 win.

David Oringa will play Peter Kihara with Vincent Kinanga squaring it out with Kevin Cheruiyot at 2 pm. Cheruiyot sailed to the semis after he got a walk over over Bernard Karigo while Kinanga beat Harrison Wekesa 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Other matches will pit Charles Omondi against Alan Otola. Daniel Moore plays Sammy Ayioka while Thomas Kaipana Thomas squares it out with Janki Pattni. 


Elvince Joshua

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