Changawa bests Mugabe again to win Karen Open

Ismael Mzai Changawa of Kenya returns a serve from Ivan Mamata of Congo during their ...
(FILE)Ismael Mzai Changawa of Kenya returns a serve from Ivan Mamata of Congo during their African Nations Cup (CAN) 2016 championship Mens singles at the Nairobi club on November 08, 2016. Changawa won 6/3,7/6(5).Photo/Oliver Ananda/

Ismael Changawa once again outclassed Dennis Mugambe to clinch the men’s singles title at the just concluded Karen Open Tennis Championships in Nairobi.

Changawa, who is Kenya’s top seed and who was named the, dominated Ugandan Mugambe two straights to love (6-0, 6-2) as the week-long tournament came to an end at the Karen Country Club.

Changawa who was named the StarTimes player of the month for November had stormed to the finals after outfoxing his compatriot Ibrahim Kibet 6-3 6-2 in the last four slots while his opponent advanced following his 6-4 1-6 6-4 victory over Abdoul Shakur Kabura from Burundi.

Changawa proved too strong yet again for his Ugandan opponent in what was a repeat of last month’s final when the duo met in the Rwanda Open tourney which the 21-year-old emerged the victor.

A week later, the American-based Kenyan won the Malawi Open after defeating Zambia’s Edgar Kazember 6-2 and a tie break win of 7-5 to cap an outstanding November.

In the women’s singles, Celestine Avomo Ella from Gabon emerged the victor after outfoxing Aisha Niyonkuru from Burundi 6-1 7-5 to be crowned champion.

In the men’s wheelchair category, Kenyan Collins Omondi who mauled Juma Mohammed Hamisi from Tanzania 6-3 6-3 to seal to the last slot failed to clinch the champ after going down to Tanzanian Novatus Emmanuel Temba 7-6 6-1.

Women’s wheelchair title was clinched by Kenyan Jane Ndenga after thrashing Rehema Said Selemani from Tanzania 6-0 6-1.

Summarized results

Men singles

Ismael Changawa (Kenya) 6-0 6-2 Dennis Mugambe (Uganda)

Women singles

Celestine Avomo (Gabon) 6-1 7-5 Aisha Niyonkuru (Burundi)

Men’s wheelchair

Novatus Emmanuel Temba (Tanzania) 7-6 6-1 Collins Omondi (Kenya)
Jane Adenga (Kenya) 6-0 6-1 Rehema Said Selemani (Tanzania)

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