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January 17, 2019

Changawa keen on reclaiming Britam Kenya Open title

Ismael Changawa during a recent match /OLIVER MORGAN
Ismael Changawa during a recent match /OLIVER MORGAN
Kenya’s top seeded player Ismael Changawa is confident of recapturing the Britam Kenya Open title when the 2018 tournament serves off between September 15 and 22 at Nairobi Club.
Changawa was unfortunate to exit last year’s edition at the semi final stage, bowing to compatriot Sheil Kotecha, but he is hopeful of reclaiming the men’s singes title which was eventually won by Ugandan Duncan Mugabe.
The hard-hitting Changawa opened up on last year’s off-the-court debacles which he solely blamed for derailing his plans but he believes the previous superb performances at the Davies Cup and the East African Community Games have nourished his mental strength.
He said: “I am ready to recapture the title which I bitterly lost last year. I was badly affected by some off-the-pitch issues and a nagging shoulder injury but this year I am ready. The Davis Cup and the East African Games have refreshed me and have boosted my confidence levels. Reaching the final is my ultimate goal as I look forward to winning this year’s edition.”
Similarly, the men’s singles wheelchair champion Collins Omondi is hopeful of retaining his crown. “I am looking forward to defend the wheelchair crown after months of preparations. I am fit to shake off stiff challenge from Tanzanian players, who have proved tough to me in the past.”
Meanwhile, Kenya Tennis Federation received a Sh3m from Britam. The firm’s head of marketing Stanley Mumo said: “We are happy to partner with Tennis Kenya for the fourth year in a row as part of our objective to develop sports in the country. We are happy the past editions have been a success and we hope this year’s will be the same.”
Federation president, Ontiri Kenani, thanked the sponsors for their continued support and asked the government to chip in too.
Winners for both men and women’s singles will pocket Sh90, 000 and Sh80,000 respectively while the runners up will bank Sh50,000 and Sh40,000.
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