TANZANIA wheelchair tennis players won both men and women’s title at the 2017 Rwanda Open Wheelchair tennis championship tournament held in its capital Kigali, Rwanda over the weekend.
It was the top seeded Novatus Temba and Rehema Selemani who hoisted Tanzanian flag as the men and women’s titles winners. The duo commanded the show right from the opening rounds to the finals in the tournament that drew top East African players and many other multinationals.
In what ended as solely an East African final, Temba defeated Kenyan number one Collins Omondi while Rehema defeated Jane Ndega also from Kenya. Their victories helped Tanzania overcome stiff opposition imposed by Kenyan and Rwandan players.
Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ while on the way back home yesterday, wheelchair coach, Riziki Salum, said that Tanzanians played brilliantly in all categories of the tournament. He said that Temba one of the region top players proved again his prowess after beating Kenyan top player Omondi by 2-1 sets in the epic best of three final.
First set was very tough before Temba won it by 7-5, but Omondi levelled the score in the second set with 4-6, hence forcing a decider. Temba went on to seal the impressive 10-4 victory on his way to the diadem.
Before the final Temba had beaten Peter Baridi 6-4, 7-5 to set Omondi final showdown, his opponent Omondi had ousted the Tanzanian Mohamed Juma 6-4, 6-4 at the semi final stage. Rehema recorded her second title from the last year’s Kenya Open after overpowering Kenyan Jane Ndega by 2-1 sets.