Sneha Kotecha qualified for the quarter-finals of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Nairobi Junior Open after beating Courtney Fyvie of South Africa 6-2, 6-1 in the third round at Nairobi Club yesterday.Sneha, who romped to the second leg with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sophia Piech of Australia in the second round on Monday was no match for her opponent, who struggled to handle her serves and returns. In the boys category, the duo of Albert Njogu and Derrick Ominde sealed places in the third round with wins over Aditya Chowdhury and Youssef Nabil of India and Egypt respectively. Njogu, who is seeded second in the tournament was handed a bye and hence began his bid to better his first leg result in the second round where he edged Chowdhury 6-1, 6-2. Ominde, on the other hand, saw off Nabil 7-5, 7-6(5) to meet his target of a third round. Njogu thanked his coach, Rosemary Owino, whose advice had worked for him. With top seed and Burundian Abdoul Kabura retiring due to illness, the unfortunate incident left Njogu as the most experienced player and thus favourite to win the tournament. "I am happy for the win. I think my coach deserves the credit. She advised and encouraged me to play to the best of my capabilities and avoid committing simple errors. It’s sad to see Kabura retire due to illness. He was my partner for the doubles. He leaves me as the top seeded player on paper but that doesn’t mean I will emerge the winner. I just want to play to the coach’s instructions and in line with my target." Kenya Simbas’ skipper Wilson K’Opondo face a race against fitness ahead of the Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Tunisia and Namibia next month.K’Opondo has missed matches against Morocco, Zimbabwe and the two other matches against Uganda after sustaining an a muscle injury in training. Simbas’ assistant head coach, Dominique Habimana, said they are monitoring the situation and they are hopeful K’Opondo will be fit for the final two matches of qualification. “He is undergoing rehabilitation and we hope he can start training and taking contact very soon before we make a decision on his participation,” he added. Habimana said Impala centre Leo Seje and Homeboyz hooker Philip Ikambili should be fit after missing the victories over Zimbabwe and Uganda. Ikambili suffered a concussion in the match against Morocco while Seje picked a knock against the same opponents in Casablanca a fortnight ago. “Both should be ready since they have recovered well from injuries and should be available for selection for the next matches next month,” he added. Utility back Vincent Mose has also been cleared to play after suffering a facial injury following a collision with Uganda forward Marvin Odongo. Habimana said the defence is one area they will give priority once they resume training on Saturday ahead of the two final matches. “It’s an area we have had lapses in concentration and conceded soft tries in our matches. However, with the remaining time, we will be better going forward,” he added. Habimana was delighted with the hard fought victory over Uganda which saw an improvement in the set piece and line-out. “As the forwards’ coach, I was happy we only lost one ball in the line-out and our scrum was solid.We were able to generate quick balls from the set piece,” he added. Kenya lie second on the log with 12 points—three behind champions Namibia with the overall winner of the round-robin going to the World Cup next year in Japan. The runner up heads up to the repecharge in November, where they face Germany, Hong Kong and Canada in France.
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