Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

20 November 2012

Rwanda: Double Blow for Habiyambere

Dieudonne Habiyambere's involvement in the first leg of the ITF Men's Futures (Rwanda F1 Futures) came to a premature end after yesterday's doubles' loss.

The country's second seed, who had teamed up with fellow countryman Olivier Nkunda lost 1-6, 6-7 against the Italian pair of David Melchiorre and Francesco Picco at Cercle Sportif.

On Monday, he suffered a 2-6, 3-6 first round defeat against Russia's Alexander Igoshin in the singles category leaving Jean Claude Gasigwa to shoulder Rwanda's faint hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Despite losing to Jordi Munoz-Abreu and Jose Anton Martin Salazar in the doubles, Gasigwa stormed the singles second round after a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Italy's Francesco Vilardo.

He is now expected to play Francesco Picco, who defeated Zimbabwe's Mark Fynn 6-3, 7-5 in the first round.

In yesterday's other results, the tournament's top seed Gerard Melzer recovered from a set down to beat Netherlands' Jan-Wouter Poep 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 while Egypt's Sabry Sherif cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Hicham Khaddari.

ITF Men's Futures (Rwanda F1 Futures)

Singles

G. Melzer (Australia) 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 Jan-Wouter Poep

S. Sabry (Egypt) 6-1, 6-4 H. Khaddari (Morocco)

K. Hossam (Egypt) 6-4, 6-4 A. Petrone (Italy)

L. Jastraunig (Australia) 6-0, 6-2 L. Perret (Switzerland)

Doubles

D. Habiyambere/ O. Nkunda 1-6, 7-6 D. Melchiorre/ F. Picco

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