GASIGWA made light work of his compatriot Habyambere 6-4, 6-1 in about one hour as the home crowd were left with no choice but cheer an all-Rwanda final.
By Shafique Ssenoga and Douglas Mazune
Castle Lite Uganda Open
C.Gasigwa bt D.Habiyambere 6-4,6-1
F.Mawirise bt I.Megane 6-2,6-1
Veteran men singles
J.Oduke bt J.Bayego 6-1,6-4
Mugabe/Ruyange bt Habiyambere/Nkunda 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(3)
Muyanja/Mawisire bt Kibet/Keter 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
HAVING won only his second Castle Lite Uganda Tennis Open in 14 attempts, Rwandan veteran Jean Claude Gasigwa instead of heading to the Locker Room to freshen up first he walked into the bar to immediately celebrate a rare victory in Kampala.
Gasigwa, the 2009 and 2013 champion had every reason to stay an emphatic celebration having conquered Duncan Mugabe in the semifinals that also saw defending champion David Oringa ejected by Dieu-Donne Habyambere at Kampala Club on Friday.
Gasigwa’s tournament was actually won in the semifinal and the final against Habyambere was a formality. Gasigwa made light work of his compatriot 6-4, 6-1 in about one hour as home crowd were left with no choice but cheer an all-Rwanda final.
The previous time a Uganda did not feature in the final, Gasigwa beat Kenyan Francis Rugoi to claim his maiden Uganda Open at Lugogo.
In a haste to hit the bar Gasigwa who granted journalists just a two-minute interview was overjoyed by victory in Kampala.
Gasigwa captures 2nd Uganda Open title