Kenyan players run riot winning all matches

By Barry Silah
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Jane Ndenga in action for team during Wheelchair Team Kenya World Cup Qualifiers at Nairobi Club yesterday. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

Kenyans ran the show at BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis-Africa after winning all their four singles’ matches against Cameroon at Nairobi Club yesterday.

In the opening rubber, Peter Munuve proved too strong for his challenger Isidore Kamgue in straight sets of 6-1, 6-1 in a totally dominant display for the Kenyan.

The match that took less than an hour saw Munuve utilise his mobility on wheels more effectively as he raced in the net and towards the baseline in clinical fashion not to mention his points conversion were high. 

Kamgue seemed to battle unsuccessfully with lots of errors from his end especially on returns seeing as the first serves he was receiving proved powerful.

Munuve proved smart particularly on shot selection with his rapid movement giving him more freedom to engineer winners on the go with a mixture of slices and lobs.

“I cannot say the match was easy but it was about being focused and staying true to my coach’s instructions.

Going onwards the tournament will be getting harder for sure so the pressure is on us hosts to deliver and go all the way to finals.

Personally I am ready since I have been in training camp for the past three weeks,” an elated Munuve told People Sport.

The second match saw Seed One Collins Omondi survive a first set scare to Alhajji Mohaman eventually winning in straight sets of 6-4, 6-2.

The Cameroonian veteran started off strong taking the first two games in the process unsettling Omondi who was making so many double faults off his serve. 

However, Omondi settled in twice breaking his opponent who was beginning to be erratic with returns.

It was obvious after the first set whereby he dropped four games that he had to do changes and that was evident after the break pep talk with his coach. He came in rejuvenated as he raced to a 3-0 lead with good strokes that put him in perfect stead to close.

Meanwhile in the Ladies match experienced Jane Ndenga also saw off Irene Mbiayuk Nkwa 6-1,6-2 on centre court.

The top seed of the group was patient in execution and made little mistakes as she made her opponent struggle for rhythm all through the contest.

Ndenga had great composure on the spin and moved well through her side of the court. “It was a good start so we hope to keep the momentum here at home. The target is to qualify as a team,” she said.

In the other rubber, Asiya Mohammed Sururu thrashed Lydie Aniece 6-0, 6-0.