Kampala. Duncan Mugabe has blamed fellow Ugandan David Oringa for his failure to retain his treble at the Real Insurance Kenya Open.Mugabe lost the men’s singles final 6-4 6-4 to Kenyan Ishmael Changawa on Saturday.
The loss came a day after Oringa had failed to turn up for the men’s doubles final in which he was meant to partner Mugabe. Oringa’s absence meant the Ugandans lost the doubles crown by forfeiture to the Kenyan pair of Faizal Khan and Changawa.
“I would have won (the singles) but I was just mentally out of it,” a disillusioned Mugabe said on phone before leaving Nairobi for Kampala yesterday morning. “That walkover really messed me up before facing Changawa. I am sure we would have won had David turned up but we gave away the title carelessly.”
Oringa said he was caught up in Nairobi traffic and failed to arrive at the venue on time.
Earlier on Friday, Mugabe had paired up with Kenyan Caroline Oduor to clinch the mixed doubles crown. They defeated Zambian Edgar Kazembe and Tanzanian Rehema Athumani 6-3 6-3 in the final.
Despite the unfortunate incident, Mugabe said he was not entirely disappointed by his performances in Nairobi.
“I am grateful I reached three finals just like last year. I am now looking forward to a few stints in Europe,” the 23-year-old noted. Meanwhile, Mugabe’s conqueror Changawa became the first Kenyan to win the men’s singles title since 2009 when Allan Cooper lifted it.
Still aged 17, Changawa recently won silver and bronze in the mixed doubles and singles categories respectively at the Africa Youth Games in Botswana.
Changawa’s sister Shufaa also upset Oduor 6-1 6-3 to win the women’s singles final in Nairobi.
Fifteen countries were represented at the two-week Kenya Open. Mugabe pocketed Shs2.5m from the event.
kenya open FINAL RESULTSMen’s singles: I.Changawa (KEN) bt D.Mugabe (UGA) 6-4 6-4.Women’s singles: S.Changawa (KEN) bt C.Oduor (UGA) 6-1 6-3PAST MEN’S SINGLES WINNERS2014 – Ishmael Changawa (KEN)2013 – Duncan Mugabe (UGA)2012 – Edgar Kazembe (ZAM) 2010 – Duncan Mugabe (UGA)2010 – Duncan Mugabe (UGA)2009 – Allan Cooper (KEN)
SOURCE: Daily Monitor