Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Leaders at Regional Junior Tennis Challenge at Karen Club

Amon Muinde
Amon Muinde (Kenya) lifted the boys Under 18 category of this year’s Smashers Challenge Cup, sweeping past all opposition with determination. He dispatched with Sylvester Juma (Kenya) 6/3 6/3 before meeting Frank Tayebwa (Uganda) in the longest and most exciting semi-final match of the tournament, to win 7/5 2/6 10-7. In the final, he patiently countered invading drives by top seed John Lutaaya (Uganda), outlasting him to lift the crown 5/7 6/2 10/6

Frank Tayebwa (Uganda) lifted the Boys Under 16s, over-powering Wycliffe Okenye (Kenya) 6/1 6/1 in the finals.

Kenya Open under 12s winner and product of the Kibera Tennis and Sport Court, Charles Ochieng, worked determinedly through qualification round robin matches to beat Winnie Birungi (Uganda) 6/2 5/7 10/2 and Elizabeth Aluoch 7/6 (4) 6/4 to win the mixed Under 14 category.

Air Omar (Kenya) slipped past Mwendwa Mutuku (Kenya) 6/4,6/7(5),13/11 the Boys Under 12s, while Sauda Akimana (Burundi) dominated the Girls 12s, beating Aziza Manirakiza (Burundi) 6/1 6/0.

A total of 24 players participated in the annual Smashers Challenge at Karen Country Club on the 9h and 10th August 2014, The Challenge series forms part of a Level B Tennis Africa Cup ranking tournaments, for players between intermediate to advanced level.
Mwendwa Mutuku 
Frank Tayebwa
Charles Ochieng
Joshua Korman