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Felix Kabutey shocks Gyan to win Accra Tennis Open

BY: Peter Sarbah
Winner: Felix Kabutey

Favourite Asamoah Gyan crumbled to the dictates of Felix Kabutey as he lost 6-1, 6-4 in the finale of the Accra Seniors Tennis Open championship on Sunday.

Gyan who had become the man to beat on the clay court following his sterling performances in the tournament, including his victory in the semi final, could not sustain that when it mattered most.

The 35-year-old former Black Stars skipper defied his fatigued legs after playing for his premier league club, Legon Cities, last Friday and quickly dashed into the court late in the night for his semi final game which he won convincingly but was unable to match Kabutey from the Army Mess Tennis Club (AMTEC) last Sunday.

The AMTEC skipper showed class from the start with Gyan unable to return some of his powerful serves which allowing Kabutey to cruise to victory in grand style.

Asamoah Gyan competed in the final after featuring for Legon Cities in the league

Other interesting games were also witnessed, including the men's semi pro singles where Isaac Dapaah beat Seth Mingle 6-3, 6-7(4), 12-10, with Grace Tomegah beating Naa Mckoerley 6-1, 6-2 in the ladies division.

Ismaila Lamptey teamed up with Bernard Nii Bortey to beat Baly Sarassoro and Felix Kabutey 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 in the men's double while Faustina Tagoe and Augustina Yamack beat Cathy Morton and Shevon Myers 6-2, 6-1 in the 40 plus category.

In other results, David Careras and Laurent Piat beat Jesse Desbordes and David Kisseh 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 in the men's 44-54 years doubles, while George Mills and Philip Mensah beat George De Sousa and Edward Nii Botchway 6-2, 2-6,10-6 in the men's 55-64 years doubles.

Evelyn Enunwah beat Faustina Tagoe 7-6(4), 7-5 to win the ladies 40 plus Singles, Eugenia Asigri beat Afia Oforiwaa 6-2, 2-6, 10-7 in the ladies under 39-category while Paa Grant beat George Mills 6-1,0-6, 10-7 to win the men's 55-64 Singles.

Joe Paddymore/Kofi Taylor beat Charles Sagoe/Kofi Boakye Adjei 6-1, 6-2 in the 65 plus Doubles while Paa Grant beat George Mills 6-1,0-6,10-7 in the 55-64 singles match.