Ochieng’ And Oduor Reach ITF CAT Finals In Rwanda

Jul 27, 2021

Caroline Oduor and Dennis Ochieng are through to the final of the second leg of the International Tennis Federation CAT Prize Money Circuit in Kigali, Rwanda.

Ochieng’ Kenya’s lone survivor landed a final after his opponent Issa Cuma from Burundi retired in the second set of their semi-final duel. He had won the first set 6-1 and was leading 2-0. In the quarter final, Ochieng’ a resilient Ochieng’ overcame Rwanda’s Dieudonne Habiyambere in a three-set thriller of 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

He now faces Jean-Claude Gasigwa from Rwanda who defeated compatriot Mathieu Uwizeyimana 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Ochieng also paired up with Ismael Changawa to beat Dieudonne Habiyambere (Rwanda) and Olivier Nkunda from Rwanda 6-2, 7-6 (5) to reach the men’s doubles final where they will face top seeds Robert Buyinza (Uganda) and Jean-Claude Gasigwa (Rwanda). In the women’s round robin, Caroline Oduor won all her opening Pool matches by beating Umutoni Fathia in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to reach the final.

She will face Megan Ingambire in the knock out face while Giselle Umumarungu plays Joseline Umulisa in the other semi final. The winners will meet in the final. Tournament referee Patrick Kamuhia said the level of tennis was much higher this time around. “They are playing very good tennis,” he stated.

Collated results Semi-final: Jean-Claude Gasigwa (Rwanda) bt Mathieu Uwizeyimana (Rwanda) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1; Dennis Ochieng (Kenya) bt Issa Cuma (Burundi) 6-1, 2-0 RTD, Injury. Quarter finals: Mathieu Uwizeyimana (Rwanda) bt Jean-Damas Munyaneza (Rwanda) 6-0, 6-0; Jean-Claude Gasigwa (Rwanda) bt Moussa Hakizimana (Burundi) 7-6 (5), 6-4; Issa Cuma (Burundi) bt Olivier Nkunda (Rwanda) 6-2, 7-6 (4); Dennis Ochieng (Kenya) bt Dieudonne Habiyambere (Rwanda) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Second round of 16 Jean-Damas Munyaneza (Rwanda) bt Robert Buyinza (Uganda) 6-0, 6-0; Mathieu Uwizeyimana (Rwanda) bt Ismael Changawa (Kenya) 6-3, 6-1; Jean-Claude Gasigwa (Rwanda) bt Daniel Waithaka (Kenya) 6-1, 6-0; Moussa Hakizimana (Burundi) bt Olivier Havugimana (Rwanda) 6-4, 6-2; Issa Cuma (Burundi) bt Ernest Kayiranga (Rwanda) 6-2, 6-4; Olivier Nkunda (Rwanda) bt Marc Myszkowaski (France) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; Dennis Ochieng (Kenya) bt Daniel Nsabimana (Rwanda) 6-0, 6-0; Dieudonne Habiyambere (Rwanda) bt Hamissi Gatete (Rwanda) 7-5, 7-5 First round of 32 Robert Buyinza (Uganda) bt Lukuman Rwandekwe (Rwanda), Jean Damas Munyaneza (Rwanda) bt Abdalla Munyentwali (Tanzania) 6-0, 6-0; Ismael Changawa (Kenya) bt Mubaraka Harerimana (Rwanda) 6-0, 6-0; Mathieu Uwizeyimana (Rwanda) bt Eric Ntawuhigano (Rwanda) 6-0, 6-2; Jean-Claude Gasigwa (Rwanda) bt Anatole Bizimana (Rwanda) 6-3, 6-2; Daniel Waithaka (Kenya) bt William Njakatura (Uganda) 6-2, 6-1; Olivier Havugimana (Rwanda) bt Benson Mugo (Kenya) 6-4, 6-4; Moussa Hakizimana (Burundi) bt Janvier Mugwaneza (Rwanda) 7-6 (6), 7-5; Issa Cuma (Burundi) bt Pierre Binder (Belgium) 6-3, 6-0; Ernest Kayiranga (Rwanda) bt Jean Coupal (Canada) 6-0, 6-0; Marc Myszkowaski (France) bt Joseph Lutaaya (Uganda) 6-2, 6-4; Olivier Nkunda (Rwanda) bt Peter Kihara (Kenya) 6-2, 6-4; Dennis Ochiang (Kenya) bt David Oringa (Uganda) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1; Daniel Nsabimana (Rwanda) bt Chris Kayitare (Rwanda) 6-1, 6-4; Hamissi Gatete (Rwanda) bt Desire Ngurusu (Rwanda) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2; Dieudonne Habiyambere (Rwanda) bt Ted Sindabizera (Burundi) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.



Eric Odanga

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