Kenyans Kibet, Changawa puts Kenya ahead at Davies Cup

Kenyans Ibrahim Kibet and Ismail Changawa won their matches for Kenya at the Davis Cup Africa Zone III Tennis Championships.

Hosts Kenya through Kibet and Changawa registered 3-0 against visiting Mozambique as Kenyans dominated the championships.

Today Kibet defeated Bruno Navenhe 2-0 (6-2, 62) while top seed Changawa won against Mozambique’s top seed Franco Mata in 6-1, 64.

The wins today, is an additional win  yesterday’s 3-0 against Uganda and the Kenyan team only needs one win to qualify for semi-final match.

Changawa had it easy in the first set, but had to work hard in the second half as 38-year old Mata won the first two games and kept threatening to break the home player.

This was the second meeting between the duo-Changawa and Mata-as they played together in the USA.

In the second set, all tied at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4 in the second set, before the Kenyan top seed broke away and hammered eight aces in the next two games to secure victory.

Changawa’s game ushered in the men’s double where Kevin Cheruiyot and second seed Sheil Kotecha teamed up and easily swept aside the Mozambican duo of Jonas Alberto and Hercillio Seda 6-0, 6-1 to complete the sweep.

In the other Group B tie, Uganda slumped to their second consecutive defeat, losing 3-0 to Namibia. In pool A, top seeds Benin overcame Cameroon 2-1, as Nigeria saw off Rwanda 3-0.

Having already fended off Mozambique and Uganda, second seeds Kenya will take a well-deserved rest on Wednesday, before winding up their group B matches with games against Namibia and third seeds Algeria on Thursday and Friday respectively.

The six-day championship has brought together nine countries divided in two groups of four and five each. The top two sides in each pool will qualify for the play-offs with the winners securing promotion to the Euro/Africa David Cup Group II.

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