Castle Lite Uganda Tennis Open
David Oringa (UG) bt Mathieus Uwizeyimana (RW) 7-5, 6-4
Renee Killaars (NED) bt Caroline Oduor (Kenya) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
David Habyambere/Olivier Nkunda bt Jean Claude Gasigwa (Rwanda)/Cedric Babu (Uganda) 6-4, 6-4
Herbert Buyinza (Uganda)/Caroline Oduor (Kenya) bt Daniel Ruyange (Uganda)/Renee Killaars (Netherlands) 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Teenager David Oringa is the 2012 Castle Lite Uganda Tennis Open champion after seeing off Rwanda’s Mathieus Uwizeyimana 7-5, 6-4 in the men’s singles final at the Lugogo Tennis Club on Saturday afternoon.
In a repeat of the Kenya Open quarter-finals earlier this year in March, Oringa saw off Uwizeyimana who had earlier embarrassed him 6-1, 6-1 at the Nairobi Club to bag sh2m from the main sponsor, Castle Lite.
Amidst cheers from the home crowd including close family members, Oringa who was playing on home court showcased skill and talent that can see him dominate the game in the coming years.
“It is a great feeling for me to win the Uganda Open and I really want to thank all my sponsors who have made this happen like Mr. Luyimba and the Charity Trust Fund. I am so happy,” stated the emotional Oringa in his speech after receiving the magnificent trophy from Nile Breweries’ Events Coordinator Moses Buhanga.
The 18 year old Oringa had earlier dismissed Rwanda’s number one and top seed, Jean Claude Gasigwa 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in the quarter-finals to book a berth against fellow countryman and veteran Herbert Buyinza in the semi-finals.
Oringa shocked Buyinza 7-5, 6-3 to make his debut in the finals.
Oringa who has been away in Kenya for three months after attaining a scholarship to attend tennis lessons at the Sadili Tennis Academy in Nairobi has revealed that he will be going back to continue with this program as well as compete at the Parklands Open next month.
Dutch medical student Renee Killaars won the Women’s Singles crown
In the absence of tennis protege Duncan Mugabe, the Uganda Tennis Federation (UTF) president Cedric Babu mentioned that, “It is good that Oringa won but we have a lot of work to do in the grass roots development. We want to produce more players like him and very soon we are going to carry out a countrywide tour.”
In the women’s final, Holland’s Renee Killaars shocked Kenyan Caroline Oduor 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in an epic final to become the first Dutch national to clinch the annual trophy and bag sh1.5m.
“I came to Uganda as a medical student but for me to win the Uganda Open is an amazing achievement for me in my life and I will forever remember it,” said an emotional Killaars to New Vision Online after the final.
Killaars, a 23 year old exchange student from Maarischt University in Holland later paired up with Daniel Ruyange in the mixed doubles final but lost to Herbert Buyiza and Caroline Oduor 6-3, 7-6 (3).
The Rwandan pair of David Habyambere and Olivier Nkunda defeated fellow countryman Gasigwa who had partnered with Uganda’s Cedric Babu 6-4, 6-4 to defend the men’s doubles title which they also won last year. The winners bagged sh1m.