Oringa struggles

David Oringa in Nairobi

Tennis ace, David Oringa, returned to the country empty-handed after a run of disappointing results in the 2016 Britam Kenya Open that ended on June 25 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Oringa lost 6-4, 7-5 to Kenya’s Ibrahim Kibet in the men singles quarterfinals, then he paired with Kenya’s Sheil Kotecha in the 6-2, 6-4 semi-final loss to the Kenyan duo of Kibet and Ismail Changawa in the men’s doubles.

Oringa’s closest chance at winning some honours came in the mixed doubles finals where he paired with Congolese Nancy Onya but lost 6-0, 6-3 to the Kenyan siblings Shufaa and Ismail Changawa.

The Changawa siblings wrapped the action up by winning the mixed doubles title after defeating Congolese Nancy Onya and Ugandan David Oringa in two sets of 6-0, 6-3.

“I went to win titles but somehow, things did not go according to plan. I have to resume training and bounce back soon,” said Oringa.

In other results, Ismail Mzai and Ibrahim Kibet won the men doubles title after brushing off the Kenyan pair of Petty Andanda and Ronnie Ndinya 6-1 6-3 while Kenyan Faith Nyabera and Nancy Onya fought back to disappoint the pairing of Shufaa Changawa and Angela Okutoyi in the ladies doubles in three sets of 3-6, 6-4 and 10-5.

However, Uganda’s number one seed, Duncan Mugabe, was sensationally disqualified ahead of the final against Kenyan favourite and US-based Ismail Changawa.

Mugabe’s disqualification resulted from an altercation he and country man, Simon Ayella had with Kenyan pair Mohammed Omary and Albert Njogu after their semi-final doubles match. The Uganda pair were thrown out of the tournament, banned from playing in Kenya for a year and fined Ksh10,000 each.