• Mathenge, Theuri win Kisumu Table Tennis Open

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Apr 04, 2012-

With the Table Tennis Olympic qualifiers only a month away, the scramble for Kenya team slots continues in earnest- thanks to some scintillating action witnessed so far.

Rightly so, Ugandans surrendered the men's singles when Anthony Mathenge of Kenya emerged the winner in a pulsating final.

The win put Mathenge tops of the national standings with 6300points; as it was one of the events the Kenya Table Tennis Association is using as a yardstick to select players for the London Olympics qualifiers slated for Doha, Qatar from May 10 to 13.

Mathenge rallied from a set down to see-off a stubborn Ugandan national team player Ronald Nyaika 3-2 (11-5, 14-16, 11-2, 8-11, 4-11) to win the men's singles.

"I was only playing a waiting game which my opponent didn't realize from the onset," an overjoyed Mathenge said.

Kenyan ladies fought galantly in the singles, but it was the neighbours who took all the honors. The ladies' singles ended up being an all-Ugandan affair after Kenyan top lady Sejal Chandarana lost 1-3 (12-13, 14-16, 3-11, 11-9, 11-6 ) to Amina Lukacya in the first semifinal while Janita Shah from Mombasa lost 1-3 to Ugandan Ludia Magdalina in the other semifinal. Uganda's Ludia won the ladies singles after defeating her compatriot Lukacya 3-2 (13-12, 16-16, 11-3, 9-11, 6-11) in yet another pulsating final.

DMK from Uganda won the team event after chalking up a 3-0 win to the chagrin of Mbale Tigers.

In the juniors class it was Peter Theuri of Makini School who stole the show. Theuri who has since landed a scholarship at Makini School played his heart out when he won the under 15 class in awesome fashion and finished the under 19 class in second place.

 The points earning system has been designed to enhance focus and competition amongst members of the playing unit. Points accrued by players from April 2011 through to April 2012 will count towards the Qatar trip but the system continues throughout the year.

So its the final push for points as KTTA prepares to name its final team of two ladies and two men at the close of the Coast Open Championships which will be held in Mombasa towards the end of April.With the Table Tennis Olympic qualifiers only a month away, the scramble for Kenya team slots continues in earnest- thanks to some scintillating action witnessed so far.


Rightly so, Ugandans surrendered the men's singles when Anthony Mathenge of Kenya emerged the winner in a pulsating final.

The win put Mathenge ahead in the national standings with 6300points; this being one of the events the Kenya Table Tennis Association is using as a yardstick to select players for the London Olympics qualifiers slated for Doha, Qatar from May 10 to 13.

Mathenge  rallied from a set down to  see-off a stubborn Ugandan national team player Ronald Nyaika  3-2 (11-5, 14-16, 11-2, 8-11, 4-11) to win the men's singles.

"I was only playing a waiting game which my opponent didn't realize from the onset," an overjoyed Mathenge said.

Kenyan ladies fought galantly in the singles, but it was the neighbours who took all the honors.

Therefore the ladies' singles ended up being  an all-Ugandan affair after Kenyan top lady Sejal Chandarana  lost 1-3 (12-13, 14-16, 3-11, 11-9, 11-6 ) to Amina Lukacya in the first semifinal while Janita Shah from Mombasa lost 1-3  to Ugandan Ludia Magdalina in the other semifinal.

Uganda's Ludia won the ladies singles after defeating her compatriot Lukacya 3-2 (13-12, 16-16, 11-3, 9-11, 6-11) in yet another pulsating final.

DMK from Uganda won the team event after chalking up a 3-0 win to the chagrin of  Mbale Tigers.

In the juniors class it was Peter Theuri of Makini School who really stole the show. Theuri who has since landed a scholarship at Makini School played his heart out when he won the under 15 class in awesome fashion and finished the under 19 class in second place contrary top all expectations.

The event was the second points earning tournament this year which truly unlocked the good-humored rivalry between Kenyan and Ugandan players.

The points earning system has been designed to enhance focus and competition amongst members of the playing unit. Points accrued by players from April 2011 through to April 2012 will count towards the Qatar trip but the system continues throughout the year.

So its the final push for points as KTTA prepares to name its final team of two ladies and two men at the close of the Coast Open Championships which will be held in Mombasa towards  the end of April.The season opening Oshwal Open Championship  started in Nairobi in February.

Full results and latest points standings can be downloaded from the KTTA website (www.tabletenniskenya.co.ke).

 

 Samson Ateka

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