Zambian causing havoc at Kenya Open

Zambian causing havoc at Kenya Open

Zambian causing havoc at Kenya Open

Edgar Kazembe in action

2012 Real Insurance Kenya Open champion Edgar Kazembe of Zambia is focused as he moves closer to defending his title this year at the Nairobi club Tennis court.

During last year’s finals then champion Duncan Mugabe of Uganda failed to defend his title when he fell to Kazembe.

“Last year I realized Mugabe did not have the mental toughness and I took advantage of that but he's a good player,” said Kazembe who lost in the 2005 finals.

Kazembe did not find it easy though in the contest winning 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).

The duo will meet again in the semi finals on Friday with both promising fireworks after they won their quarter final matches on Thursday afternoon. Kazembe defeated Faizal Khan of Kenya 6-2, 6-1 in the quarters. 

“Mine is a case of studying my opponent careful before deciding the kind of game to play. I face different kind of players who play uniquely. Tennis is not a power game it is more of brains and skill.” He said.

The Zambian’s main challenge is finances and this has prevented him from traveling outside the continent to take part in grand slams.

“Finances have been my greatest challenge limiting me from taking part in competitive tennis outside the continent.  I could have achieved much more if I had all the support in need. Back home it is all about a player taking care of himself and not the government.” The 30 year old stated.

“Right now I am fully focused to facing Mugabe in the Semis and reaching the finals to defend my title.” He concluded.

The winners of the tournament will pocket Kshs 100,000.


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