Changawa sails to second round as matches go according to script at Kenya Open


Ladies Singles action at the Britam Kenya Open started today at Nairobi Club with all the top seeds looking to advance into the second round. The day’s matches went according to expectation as the top players led by first seed, Kenya’s Shufaa Changawa sailed into the second round pretty much untroubled. Changawa did not drop a single game in a complete domination of
compatriot Emmaculate Musumbi who had no answers to anything she threw over the net. Congo DRC’s second seeded Nancy Onya was also untroubled as she hurried past Kenya’s Joy Lister in a routine 6-0 6-0 performance. Third
seed Celestine Avomo Ella of Gabon and the fourth seeded Argentine leftie, Natali Coronel produced identical scores to the top two seeds beating Vanessa Egessa and Valentine Akoth respectively.
In what seemed an entertaining prospect, Kenya’s Mercy Wangui was slated to play Narindra Corrine Ranaivo of Madagascar in the first round. Ranaivo arrived in Nairobi early this morning which would have served Wangui well.
The result was however one sided with Ranaivo blowing Wangui away in straight sets 6-0 6-2. Other Ladies First Round Winners were Kenya’s Sneha Kotecha (5), Alissa Thakker, Faith Nyabera, Nancy Nduku, Paige Mbugua, Juliet Cherono and Treasa Mutuku who were joined by Sudan’s Achu Madhieu in the second round scheduled for Tuesday.
Men’s action saw all 16 seeds taking a break on Day One. This however did not mean a dull day of action as Kenya’s Zachariah Keru kept fans on their feet with an energy sapping three set 5-7 6-1 6-2 win over Uganda’s Derrick Bakunzi. The Ugandans would however inflict revenge as Boris Aguma swept aside a dangerous opponent in Kenya’s Ryan Randiek, putting a 6-2 6-2 stamp
en-route to the second round. Impressive performances also came from Kenya’s Moses Mwaura who downed Belgian Qualifier Steve Verkouter 6-2 6-3.
Reuben Njuguna calmed the nerves on Centre Court in what was previously thought to be a cliffhanger with Madagascar’s Sampras Victor Rakotondranaibe. Njuguna won the first set 6-1 before putting out any chances of recovery from the Malagasy, closing out the second and the match 6-3.
It took over three hours for Kenya’s Robert Nzuki, watched and cheered on by his twin Amon, to beat the diminuitive Zimabwean Lyle Zaloumis 6-7(4)b6-4 6-3 in arguably one of the most entertaining matches of the day.


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