Top seeds remain in contention as tourney enters day two


Top seeds at the ongoing Britam Kenya Open held firm as the Championships moved into the second day of Main Draw action at Nairobi Club. In his first match, having received a Bye on Day One, top seed and defending Men’s title holder Ismael Changawa Mzai made light work of Japan’s Hiroki Ishida in a one sided contest which saw Mzai win 6-1 6-0. Second seeded Ugandan Duncan Mugabe got through to the third round with a straight sets, 6-1 6-1 routine
victory over Kenya’s Reuben Njuguna as the Championships move into their third day on Wednesday.
Other Men’s seeds to move through to the Round of 16 were Ugandan David Oringa, Rwanda’s Ernest Habiyambere and Olivier Havugimana, Christian Saidi, Arnold Ikondo, Sarma DaSilva Nkulufa and Christian Okota Diamba of Congo DRC, Uganda’s David Oringa, former Men’s Singles Champion Edgar Kazembe of Zambia and Tanzania’s Emmanuel Nicodemo Mallya. This group is joined in the last 16 by Kenya’s Ibrahim Kibet Yego, Sheil Kotecha, Petty Andanda and Kevin Cheruiyot.
In Wednesday’s Third Round, Changawa will undoubtedly face a stiffer challenge when he faces Congo DRC’s Diamba in a fight for the Quarterfinal stages. Second seed Mugabe plays Kenyan Petty Andanda. Tomorrow will be the
most exciting day of matches yet in the main draw as all the top sixteen men’s seeds looking to do battle.
No major upsets were forthcoming on the Women’s Draw with top seed Shufaa Changawa yet to drop a game in the two matches she has played so far. She came through the challenge of Sudan’s Achu Madhieu largely unscathed with a
6-0 6-0 demolition job. Changawa next meets eighth seeded Malagasy Narindra Corrine Ranaivo in the Quarterfinals. Fourth seed Natali Coronel in her first visit to Kenya has her work cut out against home player and Ladies
Doubles defending champion Faith Nyabera. Judith Nkatha plays much fancied Celestine Avomo Ella of Gabon in a bid to keep herself in with a chance on Saturday.
Kenya’s Sneha Kotecha  ran  over the other Ranaivo twin – Mialy Elodie. Kotecha won that match but didn’t look happy with how she played. She faces the uphill battle of second
seeded Nancy Onya.
The Men’s and Ladies Doubles are set for the afternoon with the Mixed
Doubles debuting at this year’s event on Wednesday.


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