Iradukunda storms into ITF World Tennis Pro Circuit semis in Uganda

Burundi’s Orly Iradukunda showed great nerves late on Friday, storming into the men’s singles semifinals of the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Pro Circuit 2 in Kampala.

The 23-year old struggled to survive his first set 7-6 against a determined Goveas Aryan from India, before his opponent fought back to win the second set 6-1.

Iradukunda, however, digged deep to win the third set 7-5 and wrap up the quarterfinal that lasted over two hours in his favor.

“I am happy that after losing at the quarterfinal stage in Circuit 1, I have now made it to the last four where I face the top seed,” Iradukunda told Xinhua after the game.

He will meet defending champion and top seeded Ivan Nedelko, who dispatched Ukraine’s Eric Vanshelboim 6-4, 6-3 in the other quarterfinal match.

New Zealand’s Raj Ajeet was forced to retire in another quarterfinal game as Julius Tverijonas of Lithuania was leading 4-2. Ireland’s Simon Carr, who lost in the final of Circuit 1 to Nedelko, defeated Reddy Rishi from India 6-1, 6-2.

In the men’s doubles, Indian pair of Chandrasekar Anirudh and Kaliyanda Poonacha Niki made the final after seeing off Russia’s Sergey Bolotov and Dev Prajwal 6-2, 6-4.

The other semifinal match will see Britain’s Simon Carr and Ryan James Storries taking on Aryan Goveas of India and Giovani Samaha of Lebanon on Saturday.