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




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


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




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)


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.


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