Kenya’s top seed Tennis player Ismael Changawa trounced German international Christian Vater today to storm into Kenya Open Tennis Championships at Nairobi Club.
Within one and a half hours, Changawa won in 6-2, 6-3 to defeat Vater in the second round matches to set an all Kenyan affair against Samuel Urasa who though unseeded.
This was Vater’s first defeat in the competition, as he had done well to defeat Kenya’s Fredrick Clay 6-3, 6-2 in the first round and was gunning for a place in the third round matches which will be played tomorrow.
Urasa came from behind to beat Congolese Brazny Mahungoui 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-0 to earn a date with the accomplished Kenyan top seed.
Changawa also won the 2017 Rwanda and Malawi Open tournaments as he plans to win his fourth title at the Kenya Open after back-to-back victories between 2014 and 2016.
In the women’s singles, three-time Kenya Open champion Shufaa Changawa marched to the tournament’s quarter finals after beating fellow Kenyan Rose Wanjala 6-0, 6-1.
Wanjala had eased past Sylvia Kivaze in straight sets of 6-1, 6-1 in the second round on Monday, but she found the going tough against Changawa who recovered from a shoulder injury just in time for this tournament. She is an overwhelming favourite for the women’s singles title.
Uganda Rossette Musoke lost to unseeded Kenyan Cynthia Cheruto 6-1, 6-0 thereby gifting Cheruto the golden opportunity of becoming the second Kenyan to make it to the women’s singles quarterfinals.
Second seed Angela Okutoyi, who is fresh from winning Africa Junior Under-14 title in Algeria last weekend, also got herself in the quarterfinals after beating Kitty Van Heyden 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and another 6-0 6-0 defeat to Kenyan Mercy Wangui