Mashujaa Day Tennis Results
Mashujaa Day Tennis Results
On this Mashujaa Day, the day when Kenya celebrates its liberation and every day faceless heroes who fly the flag high, The Heroes Day Junior Open Championships has seen the last balls struck and Nairobi Club fall silent, at least for the time being.
The 18 & Under and 16 & Under titles have gone to the players from the ITF East and Central Africa Training Centre with Mariam Mujawimana from Burundi in devastating form to beat her team mate, Gabon’s Celestine Avomo Ella who was seeded one this week.
Mujawimana from the bottom of the draw won in two sets of 6-1 6-2 to claim the Girls 18 & Under title, earning her the honour at making the closing speech to her peers and parents in attendance as action came to an exciting climax. Angela Nyangweso and Aisha Niyonkuru scooped the semi finals trophies. In the Boys 18 and Under, Kevin Cheruiyot one of the recent entrants to the ITF centre camp beat a hard fighting Emmanuel Mallya for the loss of five games to lift the premier Boys accolade with a 6-3 6-2 champions performance. Semi final honours went to Shivam Shah and Abdoul Shakur Kabura.
In the 16 & Under, Angela Nyangweso beat her team mate and close friend, Hoziane Kitambala from Burundi 6-4 6-2 in her first tournament after relocating from Bujumbura, Burundi to come back home. Zion Zone’s Mercy Wangui and Faith Nyabera were the losing semi-finalists. The Boys 16 & Under saw Shivam Shah beat Ryan Randiek, a perennial rival 6-4 6-1.
Kael Shah played the most matches of anyone in the Heroes Day Open, his hard work paying off with two titles, the 14 & Under and 12 & Under. A clinical performance against Edward Kosen saw him grab his second winner’s honour of the day. Their 6-3 6-1 duel was the last match on court before the trophy presentation. Kael had earlier won the Boys 12 & Under beating Suhail Hooker without losing a single game. 4-0 4-0. The Girls 14 & Under final was an epic final and one of the longest matches played at the Open this year . Alissa Thakker finally overcame a resilient Prisha Shah 6-0 3-6 11-9.
Rosemary Asumwa joined Kael Shah as the Girls 12 & Under winner overcoming a tired but fighting Purity Adhiambo who was also a finalist in the 10 & Under category. Adhiambo lost both finals, succumbing to her only rival in the 10 & Under category, Shakira Varese in a surprisingly easy final , 4-0 4-0. Anouk Vandevelde is however catching up to the two contenders who will soon be going to a higher category, leaving the seven year old in charge of the other small girls.
Nicholas Weya closed out the honours roll with a win in the 10 & Under Boys category. A hard fought battle saw him beat Billy Omboga 4-0 2-4 10-4.