Kotecha clinches ITF/CAT Un­der 18s ti­tle at Nairobi Club

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | General - BY WIL­LIAM NJUGUNA /

Kenya’s Sheil Kotecha beat Rithvik Bol­li­palli of In­dia 6-4 , 7-6(4) to win the Ju­nior ITF/CAT un­der 18 tour­na­ment at Nairobi club over the week­end.

Kotecha was in su­perb form from the start as he broke the In­dian’s serve to lead 2-0 in the open­ing set.

Bol­li­palli re­grouped and clinched the third and fourth games of the set to tie the match at 2-2. The two play­ers then split the next four games with play go­ing to serve at 4-4.

Kotecha then clinched the ninth game when his op­po­nent had a lapse of con­cen­tra­tion and car­ried the mo­men­tum to the fi­nal game to win the set

Bol­li­palli came out fir­ing in the sec­ond set play­ing ag­gres­sively and he broke Kotecha’s serve to lead 1-0 . Kotecha fought back as he clinched the next two games to to lead 2-1. Bol­li­palli was not go­ing way qui­etly and the two traded points as the In­dian took the fourth game to tie the match at 2-2

The two play­ers split the next four games to to be tied with the match go­ing to a tie break where the Kotecha was sharpest as he peeled sev­eral win­ners to win the set and ti­tle

Kotecha was de­lighted with the vic­tory “Its been an good week de­spite the rains dis­rupt­ing the week I was able to fight my way to the ti­tle and do the coun­try proud “added Kotecha

Kotecha now hopes he can show con­sis­tency in the sec­ond leg of the cir­cuit which starts to­mor­row at the same venue.

“It wont be easy the play­ers will make ad­just­ment to their game and I must show con­sis­tency and hope­fully win” he added.

/ ENOS TECHE

Sheil Kotecha

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