Accra Open: Nyemekye upsets Bagerbaseh to reach quarterfinals

BY: Kweku Zurek
Accra Open: Nyemekye upsets Bagerbaseh to reach quarterfinals
Samuel Nyamekye

Top seed Japheth Bagerbaseh was beaten in the second round of the ongoing Accra Open as Sakumono Tennis Club’s Samuel Nyamekye advanced with a 7-5,6-7(3), 7-6(7) victory yesterday.

Samuel Nyamekye sealed the match in 2 hours and 40 minutes at the National Tennis Center, Accra. Samuel faces Felix Hammond in the quarterfinal’s finals. Felix Hammond defeated Raphael Nii Ankrah 6-7(1),6-4,7-6(3) in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Samuel Nyamekye won the first set breaking Japheth in the eighth game to win 6-4. In the second set, Samuel was unable to end the match after leading 5-2 allowing Japheth to level things up. Japheth went on to win the tie-break 7-6(3).

In the final set, at 6-6 tie break Samuel carved out a single break point opportunity in the game and took the chance to move ahead again before serving out for an impressive win.

"The first set was great, I think he maybe only won one or two points on my serve," he said. "The second set was tougher and in the final set I had to save some break points. Really happy to be through to the quarterfinals," said Samuel Nyamekye.

In other men’s results, Samuel Antwi ousted Reginald Okantey 6-1,6-2. Bernard Ashitey Armaah overcame George Nyarko 5–7,6-2,3-0(R).

The rest are: Pascal Ziyab outwitting Emmanuel Wettey 6-2,6-2. Benjamin Palm also beating Emmanuel Antwi 6-2,6-2. Tournament No.2 seed Benjamin Fumi with a 6-2,6-2 win over Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo.

In the ladies second round results, Annette Cruickshank cruised into the quarterfinals after overcoming Winneba based Aleona Naa Ankrah 6-1,6-3. Grace Tomegah sealed her qualification into the quarterfinals winning 6-0,6-1.

Yvonne Bruce Tagoe also proved her superiority over Cindy Aidoo as she won 6-0,6-1. Tracy Ampah announced her presence with a 6-0,6-1 win over Gifty Arhinful. Shika Mckorley maintained her fine form as she ousted Eugenia Asigri 6-0,6-2. Ladies Challenger Series defending Champion Akua Akoma Hansen won 6-0,6-3 against Faustina Tagoe.

The event is organized by RT Sports Agency and sponsored by Amoako Boafo with support from Gallery 1957 and Kempinsky Hotel.