Cheruiyot storms Cup quarters at Nairobi Club


Kenya’s Kevin Cheruiyot stormed the quarter-finals of the second leg of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) East Africa Junior Circuit at Nairobi Club on Wednesday.

Cheruiyot, who is seeded third at the international event, beat Great Britain’s Remus Cope 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of boys’ singles matches to reach Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Cheruiyot plays sensational Polish qualifier Ksawery Pociej on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals. It was sweet revenge for Cheruiyot who lost to Cope in the semis of the first leg last week at the same venue.

“I learnt from the previous defeat and that made today’s match easy because he came out with the same strategy as he had last week,” Cheruiyot said. Kenyan–born Briton Cope couldn’t keep up with Cheruiyot’s serves.

The big-serving player reached the finals of both the singles and doubles event last week and also played in the qualifiers for both events. Cheruiyot, who broke his opponent regularly and was rarely troubled during the clash, remains Kenya’s sole representative in the event.

Another Kenyan, Olivier Kigotho, lost to Zimbawean top seed Don Ayanda Sibanda in another boys’ second round clash. Sibanda took the match 6-1, 6-3 to end Kigotho’s run in the event.

“I was playing against a top player, I gave my all but I lost out to a player more exposed than I am,” Kigotho said. Pociej beat Egypt’s Youssef Hamido Nour Eldeen 6-2 6-3 to set up a clash with Cheruiyot.

In other boys’ second round matches, Poland’s Piotr Sowinski beat fifth seed Karim Abdel Rauof of Egypt 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the quarters. Kenya’s participation in the girls’ event ended in the first round as all the home players lost their matches.