Ugandan Mugabe ready to defend Kenya open title

Ugandan Mugabe ready to defend Kenya open title

Ugandan Mugabe ready to defend Kenya open title

The main draw of the Kenya open Tennis seniors kicks off on Wednesday at the Nairobi club, all eyes will be on defending champion, Ugandan Duncan Mugabe who is ready to defend the title he won last year.

After undergoing a tiresome two day qualifying round for the main draw, where 12 players (six boys and six girls) qualified, the main battle starts as the main draw  is set to be even tougher considering the bulk of talent in participants. From Kenya’s perspective the draw will have favorites Faiz Khan and Juma Changawa.

Mugabe was optimistic ahead of the main draw saying that he will be seeking to stamp his authority that his win last year was no fluke but as a result of  hard work.

“I have quite a number of competitors, worthy in that, I’ll give my best to retain my title, the shape I am in is good, I am going for the main prize”, said the Ugandan.

Eight new players  will join 25 other senior players in the men’s  main draw while the number of players  in the women’s category will be pushed to 27, from 19 who got automatic qualification for the main draw.

The other players who made it to the main draw are, David Oringa , Salum Raziki, Richard Ndesandjo, Alan Saha Atola and Moore Daniel. In the ladies category Eunice Wambui, Esther Nekesa, Maureen Cheptoo and Price Laura will join veterans Caroline Oduor, veronica Osogo and Evelyn Otula. The new entrants are Janki  Pattni, Sharon Nyabinda, Lavender Oyugi  and Mariam Likimani.

The tournament which ends on Sunday 18th will see the winner pocket Kshs 85,000 as prize money from the sponsors, Re insurance.

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