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Commey, Kwabi win Top 8 ping-pong

BY: By Kweku Zurek and Bernard Neequaye/\Daily Graphic/Ghana

Emmanuel Commey defied all odds to upset defending champion of the National Top 8 crown, Derrick Abrefa, by three sets to one, while Cynthia Kwabi continued her dominance on the female division last Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium

The National Top 8, a prestigious table tennis event organised by the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) and Stanbic Bank, pits the top eight ranked players in both male and female categories in a battle for supremacy in the first event of the year.

On the road to the final, Abrefa got an emphatic revenge when he defeated Felix Lartey 3-0 in a repeat of the 2013 National Table Tennis Championship which he lost, while Commey was run close by underdog Jacob Saikon in a game that ended 3-2.

Commey, of the Ghana Immigration Service then rode out the game to cheers from his teeming support base at the Hathiramani Hall.

In the female category, Linda Annor once again succumbed to her challenge Cynthia Kwabi.

In a repeat of the 2013 National Championship, the two talented players maintained the status quo with the dimunitive Kwabi easing to a 3-0 victory over Linda Annor.

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Annor, however, took solace in the fact that she overcame defending Top 8 champion, Cecilia Baah-Danso, 3-2 in the semi-finals, while Kwabi, who missed last year's contest, saw off Bernice Borquaye of the Ghana Armed Forces by 3-1. 

Commey took home GH¢1,200 and a trophy for emerging tops,while Kwabi had Gh¢1,100 and a trophy as well.