It took three hours and 30 minutes for teenager David Oringa, to eject top seed Rwanda’s Jean Claude Gasigwa, at the Jamal Ramji Center court at Lugogo tennis center in the quarter-finals at the Castle Lite Uganda Tennis Open championship this afternoon.
The seed six overcame his more experienced opponent with a score of 6-7(7-3)6-2,7-6(7-2) to set himself up in another watering tie against his club mate Robert Buyinza in the semi-finals.
“I extremely happy about beating Gasigwa even after all the gameship that he put up in the game,” a excited Oringa said. “I had to battle after falling down from a set which I should have won in the first set, but I had to rethink and change my strategy going into the next two sets.”
Oringa started on a shaky not falling from 5-2 and allowing the 2008 Uganda Open winner to claw back to win the first set 7-6(7-3) in a tie break and also have his serve broken four times in the run to losing the first set. But the towering player replied to claim the second set 6-2,but in the process had his serve broken early in the set. He however he had to battle Gasigwa who was disputing all the line calls which led to the organisers Uganda Lawn Tennis Association to send tournament referee John Oduke and tennis player Bosco Ofuyuru to intervene in the hotly contested game.
In the other games Robert Buyinza seed three overcame Moses Otiti 6-3,7-5 to set up a semi-finals clash with Oringa. In the all Rwandan ties Mubarak Haverimana seed eight beat Dieudonne Habiyambere seed three 6-3,6-4 while Mathieu Uwizeyimana beat Olivier Nkunda 4-6,6-3,6-1.
Castle Lite Uganda Tennis Open Championships
M.Haverimana v M.Uwizeyimana
D.Oringa v R.Buyinza