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History making tennis stars applauded

04 March 2014, 11:24

Nairobi - Tennis coach, Lawrence Karanja, hailed his players’ character after Kenya booked its berth in the women’s World Group II for the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.

This past weekend Kenya qualified for the first time after the women’s final at the Nairobi Club went to a deciding doubles rubber, with host nation Kenya defeating Egypt 2-1 to spark great celebrations.

Jane Ndenga gave the hosts the best possible start after a 6-1 6-2 win over Shaimaa Abdellatif, but Neama Nouh kept Egypt’s challenge on course, earning a 6-0 3-6 6-3 win against Phoebe Masika in the second singles rubber  to set up the crucial doubles contest.

As the four players who played singles went head-to-head again Masika and Ndenga edged a tense finale, defeating Abdellatif and Nouh 61 36 (10-8) to wrap up a historic victory for Kenya.

“With the little resources we have in terms of finances, we were able to count on the players’ abilities for victories. They do not have all the technique, but we worked on the positives and they deserved the victory after all the hard work with the tactics,” he said.

The BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be held in Alphen, Netherlands, in May.

“We want to make a good show in the Netherlands,” said Karanja.

– CAJ News

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