Mwakha, Ominde hunt for ranking points in Windhoek

The Kenyan players will be up against players from Algeria , Egypt, Morocco , Uganda , Rwanda among others

In Summary

•Mwakha said competition for a place in the Team Kenya squad will be intense and everyone is bringing their A game

•In the boys category Baraka Ominde will be hoping to fly the Kenyan flag high as he aims at moving from position 1651 in the ITF junior rankings

Melissa Mwakha with a trophy during a past tournament
Melissa Mwakha with a trophy during a past tournament

Zimbabwe-based Melissa Mwakha aims to move up the rankings when she graces the J30 tournament in Windhoek, Namibia, this week.

Currently ranked 698 in the world, Mwakha will use the tournament as preparation for the Billy Jean King Cup tournament in June.

Mwakha is hoping for a good run in the Namibian capital.

"I am looking forward to a good run. I have been working hard on several aspects of my game,” observed Mwakha.

Competition for Team Kenya slots will be intense and Mwakha expects everyone to bring their 'A' game in the hunt for places.

"It's not a guarantee you will be selected but I hope to get the nod and represent my country on home soil. It starts with having a good tournament in Namibia,” noted Mwakha.

Baraka Ominde hopes to fly the Kenyan flag high in the boys' category as he seeks to improve his 1651 global placing in the ITF junior rankings.

He wants to be in the top 200 by the end of the year.

"My target is to move up to the top 200. It's an ambitious plan but I am confident I will see it through,” noted Ominde.

Seline Ahoya and Nancy Kawira, who are in the Team Kenya provisional squad, will play in the J30 tournament in Kigali, Rwanda, this week.

Stacy Yego, Faith Urasa, Ruhan Bhandari, Reyan Bulsara and Nyawira Olembo will join the duo in the girls' category. Alvin Kimathi, Aaryan Khimasia, Ayush Bhandari and Raqeem Virani will play in the boys' category.

Other countries expected include Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Uganda and hosts Rwanda.

Tennis Kenya administrator Nancy Nduku said: It's an opportunity for them to play the best of the best in the continent. This exposure is vital in their development."