Ryan Randiek and Derrick Ominde were crashed out yesterday in ITF East Africa junior first leg in the matches played at the Nairobi Club yesterday.
Randiek won one set 4-6 and conceded two sets defeats 6-0 and 6-0 to Samir Banerjee of America. On the other hand, Ominde fell 7-6(3) and 6-4 to Walid Ahouda from Morocco.
The youngster, Randiek admitted that he was very erratic in the two sets he lost. He said that the Banerjee took advantage of the mistakes he made during the sets.
“It was a tough match, especially in the second and third sets. I took control of the opening set but could not keep the fire burning. I was in a rush to gather more points and ended up not guarding my zone well. He capitalized on my mistakes and by the time I realized it, the damage had already been done,” said Randiek.
Randiek, who wants to sign out of the junior level with a title this year vowed that he will come back to the second leg when he is stronger on Monday at Nairobi Club. He said that the remaining days of the week are ideal to correct his mistakes and aim at nailing down his opponents.
“I want to restore my confidence and work on the few areas I feel I made mistakes in before the second leg. I have to work on my patience especially when I am trailing and how I generally read matches,” said Randiek.
Ominde also noted that he will look forward to showing spectacular performance in the second and third legs of the ongoing tournament.
“I played well but scattered a handful of returns which gifted my opponent free points. My volleys were not good either. I will be seeking to bag more than 40 points in the next legs,” said Ominde.
The elimination of the two players implies the end of the road for the Kenyan boys in the singles.