Sunday, April 6, 2014

No Surprises At Smashers Challenge Cup, Nairobi

The 3rd edition of the Smashers Challenge over the weekend at Sadili Oval Sports Academy had a turn   open singles, and reaching the semi-finals, losing to eventual winner Ibrahim Hakizimana (Burundi), who beat Charles Ochieng (Kenya) narrowly on a final super tie-break (10-4), to lift the overall Under 14 title. In the Boys U16, Ronax Otieno downed hard-fighting talent, Wycliff Okenye 3/6,6/1,10/4, then retired to favourite Frank Tayebwa in the final. The boys Under 18 saw favorites Henry Ayesiga and compatriot John Lutaya sail through to the finals, with Henry winning 6-1 6-3 with crisp, well appointed strokes.
out of extremely strong junior players from the region. Saturday saw Winnie Birungi (Uganda) and Hoziana Kikambala (Burundi) make quick work of their opponents, setting the stage for the under 12 girls finals, which Winnie took confidently. Winnie also showed that she is ready for anything when she signed up for the mixed Under 14s
The Smashers Challenge is a Level B tournament for top juniors in the Tennis Africa Cup ranking (www.tennisafrica.info) and recognized by the Nairobi County Tennis Association
Winnie Birungi returns with fire

RESULTS
GSU-12
Winnie Birungi v/s Hoziana Kitambala 6/2,6/1
Winnie Birungi v/s Aziza Manarakiza 6/0,6/0
Winnie Birungi v/s Sauda Akimana 6/0,6/0
Hoziana Kitambala v/s Aziza Manarakiza 6/0,6/1
Hoziana Kitambala v/s Sauda Akiamana 6/0,6/1
Aziza Manarakiza v/s Sauda Akimana 2/6,1/6

Winner:Winnie Birungi
Runner-up:Hoziana Kitambala


BSU-14
Charles Ochieng stays consistent
Pool A
Ibrahim Hakizimana v/s Charles Ochieng 6/0,6/2
Ibrahim Hakizimana v/s Hoziana Kitambala 6/1,6/0
Charles Ochieng v/s Hoziana Kitambala 6/4,6/3
1st Ibrahim Hakizimana
2nd Charles Ochieng

Pool B
Antony Owita v/s Elizabeth Aluoch 6/3,6/2
Antony Owita v/s Winnie Birungi 6/3,6/2
Elizabeth Aluoch v/s Winnie Birungi 3/6,2/6
1st Antony Owita
2nd Winnie Birungi







BS 14





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Semifinals
Final
Winner








1
Ibrahim Hakizimana






Ibrahim Hakizimana



2
Winnie Birungi
6-1 6-1 






Ibrahim Hakizimana


3
Ochieng Charles

6-4 5-7 [10-4] 




Ochieng Charles



4
Owiti Antony
w.o.



 
Ibrahim Hakizimana in a pensive moment

Wycliff displayed improved form
BSU-16
Ronex Otieno v/s Sylvester Juma 7/5,6/2

Ronex Otieno v/s Frank Tyebwa w/o
Ronex Otieno v/s Wycliffe Okenye 3/6,6/1,10/4
Sylvester Juma v/s Frank Tayebwa 1/6,2/6
Sylvester Juma v/s Wycliffe Okenye
Frank Tayebwa v/s Wycliffe Okenye 6/3,6/4
Winner: Frank Tayebwa
Runner-up: Ronax Otieno

BSU-18
Pool A
Henry Ayesiga v/s Sylvester Juma 6/1,6/3
Henry Ayesiga v/s Frank Tayebwa 6/1,6/2
Sylvester Juma v/s Frank Tayebwa 1/6,2/6

1st Henry Ayesiga
2nd Frank Tayebwa

Pool B
John Lutaaya v/s Ronax Otieno 6/4,6/3
John Lutaaya v/s Wycliffe Okenye 6/1,5/7,10/7
John Lutaaya settling into his new game style
John Lutaaya v/s Emmanuel Omondi 6/0,6/1
Ronax Otieno v/s Wycliffe Okenye 3/6,6/1,10/4
Ronax Otieno v/s Emmanuel Omondi 5/7,7/5,10/4

Wycliffe Okenye v/s Emmanuel Omondi 6/1,6/2

1st John Lutaaya
2nd Ronax Otieno


BS18




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Semifinals
Final
Winner






1
Henry Ayesiga





Henry Ayesiga


2
Otieno Ronex
w.o.





Henry Ayesiga

3
Frank Tayebwa

6-1 6-3 



John Lutaaya


4
John Lutaaya
7-5 6-2








Henry: Clean, Concise, Confident



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