By Oscar Pilipili
Sadili Oval Sports Academy players proved they are the team to beat at the just concluded Real Insurance Kenya Open at Nairobi Club, when they dominated the junior tournament and made inroads into the senior ranks.
Sadili placed six players in the finals and won three titles. The academy provided eight semi-finalists and seven quarter-finalists during the event
The 17-year-old Amadi Kagoma became the youngest player to reach the quarterfinals of the menâs singles, knocking out third seed Habiyambere Diadonne Rwanda 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round.
Kagoma also reached the semi-finals of the menâs doubles with teammate Yasin Shabani, losing to Habyambere/Duncan Mugabe 6-1, 5-7, 10-6 in a closely contested match.
Kagoma, who lifted the boysâ under-18 title, over teammate Jamin Luvembe.
Nine-year-old sensation, Saada Nahimana lifted the girlsâ Onder-12, winning 6-0 6-0 against Prudence Theuri in the final. Nahimana only lost one game in the whole tournament, while Shebani Kabura cruised over Martin Luveka 6-1 6-0 in the boysâ Onder-16 final.
Back to the tennis scene was Chizi Mutsumi, who is now full time at the academy.
Mutsumi reached the girls singles finals, losing to Sofiya Gulam 6-2, 3-6, 2-6.
Chizi said: "I have only been playing for two months and I am quite pleased with my results. I know that I can perform even better".
Her teammate, Lorna Bwejje took third place in the girlsâ Onder-18 behind winner Gloria Rotich and runner-up Alvas Wahome.