Kenyans off to flying start in Davis Cup Africa Group 3 show

Kenya made a flying start in the Davis Cup Africa Group 3, beating Botswana 3-0 in their opening match in Cairo, Egypt on Monday.
Sheil Kotecha won his opening singles match, beating Lefa Sibanda 6-2, 6-2. He was in superb form from the start as he broke Sibanda’s serve to race to a 2-0 lead.
Sibanda halted Kotecha’s charge in the third game to reduce the margin to 2-1 but Kotecha bounced back in the fourth game to win and extend the lead to 3-1. The fifth game followed a similar pattern to go 4-1up. Sibanda fought back in the sixth game and was rewarded by winning the game to reduce the margin to 4-2. Kotecha then stepped up a gear to win the final two game of the set.
A fired up Sibanda came out firing in the second set to break Kotecha’s serve for 1-0 lead bit this joy was short-lived as Kotecha found his game and range to level the match in the second game. He then capitalised on Sibanda’s error-strewn service in the next four games to lead 5-1. A lapse in concentration by Kotecha saw Sibanda steal the seventh game to reduce the margin to 5-2 but Kotecha closed out the set and the win in the eight game.
In another match, Ismael Changawa demolished Innocent Tidimane 6-0, 6-0 to give Kenya unassailable 2-0 lead before they completed the whitewash when Changawa teamed up with Ibrahim Kibet to defeat Aobakwe Lekang and Boiyani Moliwa 6-1, 6-1 in the doubles.
Kenya were due to face Algeria last evening in their second match. Kenya are in Pool ‘A’ alongside hosts Egypt , Benin, Botswana and Algeria while Pool ‘B’ comprise Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
The winner of each pool will play the runner-up of the other pool to determine which two nations are promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in 2018.
Captain Rosemary Owino was delighted with the he results but said tougher matches lie ahead for the team “ I’m happy we got the win and the team have settled and adapted to the climatic conditions which are very hot,” she said

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