Uganda tennis scholars Henry Ayesiga, John Lutaya Winnie Birungi and Frank Tayebwa who are at the Sadili Oval Sports Academy in Langata, Kenya were impressive at the third edition of the Smashers Challenge over the weekend.
In the boys Under 18 saw favorities Henry Ayesiga and compatriot John Lutaya sail through to the finals, with Ayesiga winning 6-1,6-3 with crisp, well appointed strokes.
In the girl’s Under 12 was won by Winnie Birungi who beat Burundi’s Hoziana Kimbala beating her 6-2, 6-1. The Ugandan junior tennis players are under-taking tennis scholarships at the Sadili Academy which has seen them improve and rise up in this region.
In other results at Sadili Oval Sports Academy had a turn open singles, and reaching the semi-finals, losing to eventual winner Ibrahim Hakizimana (Burundi), who beat Charles Ochieng (Kenya) narrowly on a final super tie-break (10-4), to lift the overall Under 14 title.
In the Boys U16, Ronax Otieno downed hard-fighting talent, Wycliff Okenye 3/6,6/1,10/4, then retired to favourite Frank Tayebwa in the final.
Other nationals at the center include players from Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya. The Sadili Oval Sports Academy was founded by Dr Liz Odera, who has developed and nurtured players in the region through her sports academy.
The Smashers Challenge is a Level B tournament for top juniors in the Tennis Africa Cup ranking and recognized by the Nairobi County Tennis Association
Ibrahim Hakizimana v/s Charles Ochieng 6/0,6/2
Ibrahim Hakizimana v/s Hoziana Kitambala 6/1,6/0
Charles Ochieng v/s Hoziana Kitambala 6/4,6/3
1st Ibrahim Hakizimana
2nd Charles Ochieng
Antony Owita v/s Elizabeth Aluoch 6/3,6/2
Antony Owita v/s Winnie Birungi 6/3,6/2
Elizabeth Aluoch v/s Winnie Birungi 3/6,2/6
1st Antony Owita
2nd Winnie Birungi
John Lutaaya v/s Ronax Otieno 6/4,6/3
John Lutaaya v/s Wycliffe Okenye 6/1,5/7,10/7
John Lutaaya settling into his new game style
John Lutaaya v/s Emmanuel Omondi 6/0,6/1
Ronax Otieno v/s Wycliffe Okenye 3/6,6/1,10/4
Ronax Otieno v/s Emmanuel Omondi 5/7,7/5,10/4
Wycliffe Okenye v/s Emmanuel Omondi 6/1,6/2
1st John Lutaaya
2nd Ronax Otieno