Nicole Onyango is the winner of the ladies singles title in the just concluded Jamhuri Day Open Tennis tournament held at the Nyanza Lawn Tennis Association (NLTA) Centre in Kisumu. She topped her group with 16 points in the round robin table winning all her matches and only losing a game to clinch this coveted title. Monica Werimo from Kisumu Girls High school came in a distance second with 9 point while Mirabell Zeh was third.
In the Men´s single event, Aditya Raj Jaiswal from Kisumu Junior was the winner after bagging 34 points while Eugene Omondi was second placed with 29 points, Dennis the menace Mabiria was position three with 26 points. Also in the group was Nerville Omondi from Kisumu Day High School and Japheth Onyango who were fourth and fifth respectively.
Girls´16 and Under category saw Georgina Kezia from Lwak girls battle it out with Mary Gorrety from Ratta St. Pauls school, with the latter losing 6-2, 6-3. Moses Benson Ochieng from Butere Boys High School is the winner of the Boys 18 & under event with a 6-1 defeat over Antony Mwendwa from Highway High School. John Onyango from Kisumu Day High school came in third with his win of 6 – 2 against Jimmie Odhiambo Chengo from Chavakali High School.
Cassandra Nikita from Aga Khan Primary School won all her matches to top the tightly contested group of girls´14 and Under with 26 points, followed by Emilda Adamu from Braeburn School who had 22 points while Faith Nallec from Joel Omino primary School, came in third with 21 points. Trizer Generous from Xaverian Primary School came in a distance fourth with 4 points.
Shandeep Raj Jaiswal following in his brother´s footsteps took the boys 14 & under event, after defeating Phelix Onyango from Joel Omino, in a one sided match, final score, 6-2, 6-0. Kevin Onyango also from Joel Omino Primary School was third, with a 7-5 win over Nyabondo boy’s tennis captain, Noble Mungu. In the girls´12 and under, Ashley Kemunto from Xaverian Primary School won all her matches without dropping a set, topping the group with 24 points, Shannell Akinyi from Kondele Primary School followed in second place with 18 points while Stacy Aura from Kosawo Primary School was third with 10 points.
Enock Omongo Kadenge from Kosawo Primary School came from a set down against Samson Ochieng from Xaverian Primary School to win this year´s Jamhuri Day Open Tennis tournament, final score 0-4, 4-2, 1-4. Ashley Sinclair also from Xaverian Primary School was third with a 4-1, 4-2 win over Nicholas Odhiambo from Joel Omino Primary School. In boy´s 10 & under category, Sahil Virani from Braeburn School Kisumu defeated Isaac Omongo Kadenge from Kosawo Primary School 4-1 to take the title and Sharif Omondi from Migosi was third.
Viola Amondi from Xaverian Primary School trounced Charity Anne from Kibos Primary School 10-5, 10-7 to take home the girls 10 group A events while Elise Guttierez from Braeburn School was third after defeating her compatriot Aria Chudasama also from Braeburn School 8-10, 10-7 and 10 -4. Aria was first in group B of the girl´s 10 event, while Sania Virani from Braeburn School was third in group B girl´s 10 event. Charry Ivy from Kisumu Pentecostal Church Academy was third on this group.
This year´s Jamhuri Day Tournament which was graced by the Sports Commissioner Mr. Gordon Oluoch, saw over 70 participants taking part. The tournament was hosted to mark and commemorate Kenya´s Independent day attained in 12th December 1963. Mr. Oluoch also emphasized on the important of sport for the youth and he also mentioned of the plans in place to upgrade all the sporting facilities in the entire country to nurture talents as showcased at the tennis centre.
Christmas came knocking early for all the participants at the tournament as they received various gifts and prizes which were based on their performance throughout the year 2014.
The tournament was the last of the season for the vibrant Nyanza Lawn Tennis Association with the next season set to commence in 10th January 2014. The teaching faculty at the tennis centre headed by NLTA secretary – General Mr. Martin was happy and satisfied with the achievements of the tennis centre so far.
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