Tennis: Antwi wins 2019 Babolat Singles Open

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Samuel Antwi (right) receiving the trophy from an official from the Baboo Sports

Samuel Antwi from the Atomic Tennis Club defeated Isaac Titriku 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to emerge winner of the  professionals event at the fourth edition of the Babolat Tennis Singles Open which ended at the GHACEM Club House in Tema Community Seven on Saturday.

Antwi, a final year student of the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern Region, proved too strong for his contenders in the one-week competition as he walloped Ofosu Bamfo 6-2, 6-0 in the quarter-final and beat Ghana’s number one seed Benjamin Fumi 7-6(10), 6-0 in the semi-final before meeting Titriku in the final.

In the preliminaries, Antwi thumped Aaron Asante 6-1, 7-5, won 6-0, 6-0 against Joseph Obimpeh and claimed 6-2, 6-2 victory over Francis Gbologo to pick a slot to the quarter-final.

For his prize, Antwi took home a trophy, GH₵500 as cash prize, customised Babolat tennis kits and he will get a three-month gym access to the Baboo Fitness Centre.

Samuel Antwi in action during the match

In the ladies category Yvonne Bruce Tagoe from the Volta River Authority (VRA) Tennis Club defeated Kate Coleman 9-5.

Other winners were Isaac Bempo (Ghacem Tennis Club) who defeated Job Obimpeh (Tema Tennis Club) 7-5, 6-3 in the men's special group division, Desmond Ayaba (Baboo Sports) recorded a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Amos Asante (Saint Francis Academy) in the boys U-16 event.

Winners in each category received a trophy, tennis shoes, accessories and three months gym access to the Baboo Fitness center.

Speaking at the event, CEO of Baboo Sports, Ismaila Nii Lante Lamptey, promised a much better tournament next year as they plan to extend the competition to other regions.

Isaac Titriku (left) and Samuel Antwi posed for the cameras after the match