Two Ugandan up-coming players were in good form on Friday morning defeating Egyptian players in the first round of the mens singles at the on-going 2017 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship.
Davies Senono beat an Egyptian player.
Two Ugandan up-coming players were in good form on Friday morning defeating Egyptian players in the first round of the men's singles at the on-going 2017 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship.
Sharing Youth Centre's Davies Senono lost the first game 15-21 to John Riad, but recovered to win the next two 21-13, 21-13. “I think I started poorly with a lot of nervous play, but later recovered to win,” Senono told URN after the game at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.
Senono will now face Mohd Naser Mansour Nayef in the second round on Saturday morning. The Jordanian player walked over Uganda's Jacob Musisi who failed to show up because of injury.
Another Uganda player Isreal Wanagalya also saw off Egypt's Mohamed Mostafa Kamel 22-20, 13-21, 21-15 to book a date with Italy's Rudolf Dellenbach in the next round.
Youngster Brian Kasirye who won a silver medal at the All Africa Junior Championship last year stopped kenya's Edwin Akwanyi 21-17, 18-21, 21-14. He will next face a tough test against the tournament's top ranked player Georges Julien Paul from Mauritius.
Uganda's top ranked player who plies his trade in Holland also had to dig deep to see off Kenya's John Muiruri Mburu 21-16, 23-21. Ekiring will now face fellow Ugandan Irfan Ali Bhadusha in the second round on Saturday.
In the women's singles top seed Hadia Hosny from Egypt and second seed Shamim Bangi also made it to the next round with easy wins. Hosny beat Daisy Begayirirwa (Uganda) 21-6, 21-6, while Bangi humbled Erina Nalwati (Uganda) 21-4, 21-8.
The other foreign players who advanced to the next stage include; Evelyn Siamupangila (Zambia), Domou Amro (Jordan), Doha Hany (Egypt) and Andia Kivisi (Kenya). Besides Bangi, the Ugandan players who are in the next round include; Gladys Mbabazi, Mellon Nahirya and Aisha Nakiyemba.
The event sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) will continue on Saturday with the second round matches in the men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and the mixed doubles.