Five time lucky for Oduor at Kenya Open

By elvince joshua
Jun 02, 2021

Kenya’s Caroline Oduor and Duncan Mugabe of Uganda are the 2013 Real Insurance Kenya Open Tennis Championship.

Oduor successfully defended the women’s single before taking the women doubles where she combined with Veronica Osogo to edge out Stephanie Mbaya and Mellisa Brown.

This is the fifth time Oduor has won the singles title of the biggest Tennis competition in Kenya tennis tournament which she also won last year at the same courts.

Oduor was the favorite ahead of the final which saw her take on Shifaa Changawa in the final she won 2-1(6-7,6-2,6-2) Changawa started the game strongly, winning the first set 6-7 tie-break four at the Nairobi Club.

While the big age gap between the two finalist could have played a part in determining which direction the title was headed to, Changawa 17 who has just returned after serving a one year suspension imposed by Kenya Lawn Tennis Association KLTA.

Oduor who edged out Evelyn Otula last year came back with a lot of power In the subsequent set which she won 6-2 to take the game one all.

Mugabe grabs men's title

Oduor cemented her supremacy In the continental tennis scene when she took the last set with a sister set (6-2) to pocket the Ksh. 90,000 price money for the 2013 edition.

Oduor had sailed to the final with a win over Stephanie Mbaya in their semi final clash. “I just wanted to enjoy myself, play my strokes and that’s what I did. Am very happy,” said Oduor after the triumph over Changawa.

In the men finals final Uganda’s Duncan Mugabe defeated Jean Claude Gasigwa of Rwanda 6-7,(4) 6-3,6-2.

Just as Oduor, Mugabe too lost the opening set 6-7 (4) but he recovered in the second and third sets which he easily won 6-3, 6-2 to win the Ksh 100,000 which he lost last year to Edgar Kazembe of Zambia.

“Am happy that I’ve won, this is my biggest title this year after a come back and just want to thank all Kenyans who supported me,’ said Mugabe.

Mugabe, the 2011 champion was the fans favorite after bundling out 2012 winner Kazembe in the semis.