Near misses sum up busy tennis season – PHOTOS

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It was a year of near misses for Kenyan tennis players in both local and international tournaments with a few individual brilliances.

Kenya men’s team were one win away from qualifying for the Davis Cup Group 2 competition. 

The women’s Wheelchair team also qualified for the World Cup in Sardinia, Italy but failed to make any real impact.

Kenya women’s wheelchair tennis team celebrate with the trophy after they beat Tanzania to win the ITF BNP Paribas Wheelchair World Team Cup African Qualifiers on February 19, 2017 at the Nairobi Club. PHOTO | COURTESY |

The year also saw the country host two ITF circuits for the first time in the tennis calendar.

It began with Kenyan juniors once again retaining the Eastern Africa Junior Championship at the Nairobi Club. Albert Njogu and Keean Shah were in impressive form in the Under-16 category as they saw off their Seychelles counterparts 3-0.

Kenya’s Albert Njogu returns a shot to Laporte Damian of Seychelles during their match in the boys Under-16 singles match at the East Africa Junior Championships at Nairobi Club on January 20, 2017. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |NATION MEDIA GROUP

Burundi clinched the Under-16 girls crown after they outclassed Kenya 3-0. Top seed Sada Nahimana was too strong for home player Sneha Kotecha, winning 6-0, 6-2 while Aisha Niyonkuru beat Kenya’s Esther Wahome 7-5, 7-5 in the second singles match. Kenya bounced back to claim the Under-14 finals of both the girls’ and boys’ categories.

Home players Alicia Owegi and Angela Okutoyi were in fine form as they put to sword the Rwandese pair of Berize Irakoze and Djasumini Uwamesi in both the singles and doubles matches.

Okutoyi beat Irakoze 6-0, 6-0 in the first singles match before Owegi extended the winning streak as she dropped only two matches on her way to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Uwamesi. The Kenyans triumphed by the same score-line in the doubles category.

Derrick Ominde and Hooker Suhail were the last Kenyans…

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