Second seed Duncan Mugabe displayed a champions’ touch against unseeded Kenyan Ronnie Ndinya whom he beat 6-2 and 6-0 in the opening match of the Britam Kenya Open played at the Nairobi Club.
The Ugandan national, who already has two Kenya Open crowns to his name, has booked a match with Kenyan Sheil Kotecha in the next round.
“I think the tournament is yet to come to the difficult stages so maybe that is why I had an easy time today. I however expect some tougher challenge (from Kotecha) tomorrow but I hope that I shall still remain victorious,” said Mugabe, who ended up with an aching wrist after that match.
In the women’s category, second seed Stephanie Mbaya graciously glided past fellow Kenyan Wangari Kibanyu 6-1, 6-2.
Mbaya, who is chasing her first Kenya Open silverware, seemed unaffected by the slight drizzle and chilly weather that had delayed the event’s commencement and took just 48 minutes to overcome Kibanyu.
Sixth seed Ugandan Simon Ayelle however provided the greatest upset of the day, crashing 6-3 6-3 and 7-5 against Kenyan Albert Njogu who is unseeded in the event.
In other matches, Ugandan Boris Aguma claimed a 6-1 6-0 victory against Lawrence Biwott, as Sheil Kotecha beat Robert Nzuki 6-2 6-0.