Tennis: Gatete upset Havugimana to set date with Niyigena in GMT semis

Today

Semi-finals

Men

H. Gatete vs E. Niyigena
D. Habiyambere vs E. Habiyambere

Women

Nancy Onya vs G. Umumararungu
M. Ingabire vs C. Mutuyimana

Thursday

Quarter-finals

Men

H. Gatete 2-1 O. Havugimana (3-6, 6-0, 7-5)
E. Niyigena 2-1 B. Karenzi (6-3, 3-6, 6-2)
E. Habiyambere 2-0 F. Tuyishime (6-0, 6-3)
D. Habiyambere 2-0 M. Uwizeyimana (6-3, 7-5)

Women

Nancy Onya 2-0 C. Niyonshima (6-0, 6-0)
G. Umumararungu 2-0 J. Umulisa (6-3, 6-4)
C. Mutuyimana 2-0 O. Tuyisenge (6-4, 6-0)
M. Ingabire 2-0 F. Cyiza (6-1, 6-1)

HAMISI Gatete stunned second seed Olivier Havugimana in a three-set thriller (3-6, 6-0, 7-5) yesterday to set date with Etienne Niyigena in today’s semi-finals of the ongoing Genocide Memorial Tennis Tournament.

Youngster Niyigena advanced to the last four after brushing aside Bertin Karenzi, also in three sets (2-1), 6-3, 3-6 and 6-2 respectively.

In another epic semi-final clash today, the 2016 winner topseed Ernest Habiyambere will be up against veteran Dieudonné Habiyambere.

Topseed Ernest Habiyambere trounced Fabrice Tuyishime in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 to power into semi-finals while 35-year old Dieudonné Habiyambere also overcame Mathieu Uwizeyimana in two sets; 6-3, 7-5, to book ticket to the round of last four today.

In women category, holder Nancy Onya from DR Congo face Gisele Umumararungu in semi-finals after ousting Clenia Niyonshima in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 yesterday. Rwanda’s second seed Umumararungu outclassed Jossline Umulisa, also two sets – 6-3, 6-4.

Megame Ingabire, Rwanda’s topseed in the women’s rankings, will have to go past Chantal Mutimana today, to storm into Saturday’s final.

The former tournament winner Ingabire progressed to semi-finals after edging Fridaus Cyiza on Thursday while Mutuyimana sent Olive Tuyisenge packing in quarter-finals.

The week-long tourney is part of memorial events organized by sporting federations every year in honour of sportsmen and women that were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Editorial@newtimes.co.rw

 

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