Odour wins as Mugabe's reign is shuttered

Odour wins as Mugabe's reign is shuttered

Odour wins as Mugabe's reign is shuttered

Caroline Odour of Kenya and Edgar Kazembe of Zimbabwe are the 2012 Kenya open champions after winning the matches in the finals played on Sunday at the Nairobi club.

In an all Kenya singles final Oduor beat fellow Kenyan Evelyn Otula 6-1, 6-2 in an entertaining encounter to win the title she lost to Otula in the 2008 finals. She carried home the cash prize of 75,000ksh

Otula, 37, who was making a return to competitive tennis after a two years absence said she was not at her best in the finals but plans to stage a better performance at the Uganda open.

The men’s defending champion’s impressive run in the championship and hopes of retaining his title was brought to a halt by Zimbabwean who fought hard to dethrone Mugabe.

Kazembe won the first set 6-2 only for Mugabe to take the second 6-3 but the Zimbabwean won the tie break, 7-3 to take the last set 7-6 (3). To pocket the cash prize of 85,000ksh.

"It is disappointing not to have won at the finals.I must say he was stronger than me, I will now shift my attention to the Ugandan open, I have learnt  a lot from the Kenya open,” said the 21 year old Ugandan whose role model is Tennis icon Roger Federal

In the mixed doubles, Oduor partnered with Dieu-Donne Habiyambere in their 5-6, 7-5(13-11) win over Veronica Osogo and Duncan Mugabe.

While the tournament's top players have started dreaming of the upcoming Uganda open, the new champion will not be present in Kampala as heads down south for the Zambia open.

Caleb Odiyo won the newly introduced men's single wheelchair category while Rachel Akoth beat Nelly Muthee 6-2,7-6 to win the women singles which saw them take home Ksh 20,000 and Ksh 12,000 respectively.

Kenya lawn tennis association KLTA administrator Neil Mwombe thanked all those who participated in the championship, saying that this years Kenya open was one of its kind.

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