Photo: Suzie Dyrbus, ITFEgypt's men's team take on Tanzania
Gambia came from one rubber down to make a winning start to this week’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup Africa Qualification in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday, after overcoming Tanzania 2-1 in their men’s group.
Egypt and Nigeria also go into Friday’s second day of play at the Nairobi Club following victories in their opening men’s round-robin ties, while South Africa and Egypt won the first of their three round-robin ties in the women’s event.
In Group 1 of the men’s event Tanzania’s Yohana Mwila beat Gambia’s Kujabi Saliou 61 67(4) 75 in their opening singles match, but Gambia Sanyang Ousman kept his country in the tie after earning a hard won contest against Thomas Khiyo 75 76(2). Ousman and Saliou then went on to prove the stronger pairing as they combined to beat Khiyo and Mwila 62 63.
In the same group as Gambia, Egypt also started their campaign in style, beating Kenya 3-0. The first singles rubber remained in the balance for much of the match, but Hassan Mohamed eventually got the better of Edwin Muruah 75 76(4) and Aly Hohamed clinched the second singles rubber for the loss of just four games before Egypt won the doubles rubber 60 60.
Nigeria dominated their tie against Mauritius in the opening contest in Group 2, with Jude Uwazie beating Annauth Sanjeev 60 60 in the first singles rubber, while two-time Paralympian Wasiu Yusuf put the tie beyond Mauritius after beating Edouard Ah-Piang 61 60.
Friday’s Group 1 ties see Egypt play Tanzania, with Gambia taking on host nation Kenya. Meanwhile, with just three nations in Group 2, Ghana open their account against Mauritius.
South Africa and Egypt win opening women’s ties
After winning the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Africa Qualification in 2012, South Africa’s women once again made a confident start to their bid this year.
With South African No. 1 Kgothatso Montjane currently in Australia, Mabel Mankgele and Rose van der Meer both dropped just one game apiece as they beat Kenya’s Jane Ndenga and Rahel Akoth, while Thando Hlatshwayo partnered Mankgele to win the doubles rubber and complete a 3-0 win for South Africa.
Egypt’s women had an altogether tougher opening singles rubber against Tanzania, but Neama Ahmed finally wrapped up a 61 46 63 win over Rehema Selemani. Shaimaa Abdellatif subsequently gave Egypt an unassailable lead after defeating Bihawa Mustafa 62 61 and then partnered Ahmed to win the doubles rubber.
South Africa face Egypt on Friday’s second day of play in Nairobi, while Tanzania’s women play Kenya.