Kenya’s Albert Njogu dismissed Udit Kamboj of India 6-4, 6-3 to book a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing International Tennis Federation (ITF) Nairobi Junior Open at Nairobi Club.Njogu survived a first set scare from the Indian as he was forced to recover from three games down to level the tally in a fierce exchange of returns.He maintained his winning rhythm in the subsequent two games for a 5-3 lead before Kamboj pulled one back. Determined to avoid a tie break, Njogu brilliantly scooped the final game to win the set.Kamboj managed to break Njogu’s serve once in the second set and capitalised on his serve twice but it proved too little to stop Njogu from advancing to the final four.Following the win, Njogu booked a date with Madagascan Toky Ranaivo, who dispatched Iranian Sina Moghimi 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.“It was a great match considering that I came from three games down in the first set but I kept fighting and never lost focus. He began brightly his returns were superb but I managed to restore parity and took control of the set,” he said.“I think this is the best moment for me to win this tournament. I made it to the final in January and two weeks ago in Kigali where on both occasions I lost but I feel this time I am more focused and physically fit to fight for the elusive crown. I played Ranaivo five years ago in the U-12 in Mombasa where I won and I am looking forward for a repeat.”After taking a break yesterday, a promising Sneha Kotecha will tackle Cheng Tu Hua of Chinese Taipei in the girls semi-finals today.Njogu and Kotecha, who are under the tutelage of Rosemary Owino, will represent Kenya at the Africa Youth Games in Algeria later this month. Owino expressed gratitude to the federation for accepting to host the ITF legs days prior to the youth games. She said: “The two are part of the forthcoming youth games and I really thank the federation for having the ITF legs here in Nairobi. It’s a timely preparation and I must thank the players their performances so far. I am particularly happy with Njogu for he has learnt from last week’s mistake which saw him exit in the third round. Sneha has been consistent and her game is shooting high day in day out.”Kenyan champions Gor Mahia will be going for a double against Zanzibari side Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi(JKU) in the Cecafa Kagame Cup third-place play-off match at National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania today.Gor beat JKU 2-0 during the SportPesa Super Cup quarter-finals last month in Nakuru and they will be out to extend that feat.The local champions fell to defending champions Azam 2-0 in the semis on Wednesday while JKU went down 1-0 to a Meddie Kagere-led Simba.K’Ogalo were seeking to end their 33-year drought of the regional inter-club tournament.Gor coach Dylan Kerr is likely to field his second string squad to allow his regular starters a rest ahead of the Caf Confederations Cup group stage match against Tanzanian giants Yanga on Wednesday in Nairobi.Yanga, who sit bottom of Group ‘D’ with just a point gave the Kagame Cup a wide berth as they seek to save their diminishing continental dream, giving Rwandese side APR a shot at regional glory.Meanwhile, the SportPesa Premier League clash pitting Gor and Posta Rangers set for this Sunday has been shelved.“The Posta Rangers vs Gor Mahia match that was set to be played on Sunday at the Narok Stadium has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course,” read a statement on the body’s online portal. World and Commonwealth games 5000m champion Helen Obiri face off with Genzebe Dibaba in a mouth-watering race at the Rabat Diamond League today.Dibaba, the world record-holder over 1500m, also has the fifth fastest 5000m time to her name with 14:15.41 from 2015 while Obiri has a 14:18.37 personal best, which makes her the eighth fastest of all time.The pair have dueled over this particular distance twice in the past — first in Rome last year, where Obiri produced her lifetime best in winning the race with Dibaba a distant sixth. Dibaba then won in Eugene this year in 14:26.89, with Obiri a well-beaten third, nearly 10 seconds behind.The meeting record belongs to double Olympic champion Almaz Ayana, who clocked 14:16.31 in 2016 but despite it being a marvelous mark, both women apparently have it in their sights.It would also be unwise to discount the in-form Agnes Tirop of Kenya or the Ethiopian duo of Senbere Teferi and Letesenbet Gidey. They are all capable of upsetting the odds.World, Olympic and Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto faces home favourite Soufiane El Bakkal. Kipruto leads compatriots Nicholas Kiptanui, Abraham Kibiwott, Benjamin Kigen, Lawrence Kemboi and former world junior champion Amos Kirui. Others to watch out for include Matthew Hughes of Canada and Fernando Carra of Spain.Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera leads the hunt in the two-lap race alongside former world champion Eunice Sum and Emily Cherotich. The Kenyan quartet will be up against Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and home favourite Arafi Rababe.Vincent Kibet and Charles Simotwo will spearhead Kenya’s challenge in the 1500m when they face Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman, Marcin Lewandoski of Poland Matthew Centrowitz of the United States alongside Ethiopian duo of Wote Aman and Tolosa Taresa.Cyrus Rutto, Vincent Letting and Bethwell Birgen face a stern test in the 3000m race when they they line up against world 5000m champion Muktar Edris of Ethiopia alongside compatriots Hagos Gebriwhet and Yomif KejelechaSouth Africa’s world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya has forsaken running over two laps and instead takes a tilt at the 1000m, a non-IAAF Diamond League event, for only the second time in her career.After Semenya’s stunning 1:54.25 over two laps in Paris, the 1000m world record of 2:28.98 by Russia’s Svetlana Masterkova from 1996 could be in danger.
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