Daniel Laryea
Daniel Laryea

GTF/wheelchair tennis No.1 seed Daniel Laryea put up a daedal performance to win the 2019 National Wheelchair Tennis Championship last Friday beating No.2 seed Abdul Razak Nuhu (Baba) 6-2,4-6,6-0 in 2hrs:30minutes at the National Tennis Center, Accra.

The two day National Wheelchair Tennis Championship was organized by the Ghana Wheelchair Tennis under the auspices of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF).

In the first set, After Baba Nuhu took a 2-1 lead, Inform Daniel Laryea brilliantly displayed a forehand winner followed by an equally breathtaking backhand to level things up, Laryea maintain his aggressiveness and won the set 6-2.

In the second set, Abdul Razak Nuhu bounced back strongly only for Daniel Laryea to misfire most of his balls and growing increasingly frustrated for Abdul Razak Nuhu to win the second set 6-4.

In the final set, Laryea was surprised by his play in the second set. So he decided to stick to his successful tactics in the first set, seeking to tee off on Abdul Razak’s serve and push him behind the baseline to start the point. With Abdul Razak serving at 30/40, 0-5 Laryea stepped onto the court and blasted an inside-out backhand winner to win the set 6-0.

Daniel Laryea, after the 2-days Championship said “I am truly happy with this achievement; it’s not been easy because everybody was determined to win, other players did their best but I knew right from the onset that I will win this championship”.

Daniel Laryea took a cash prize of Gh500, a trophy and medal. Abdul Razak Nuhu also got Gh250, a trophy and medal.

In the Ladies final: Koforidua based Bridget Nartey showed her superiority over Stacy Konadu Mensah, beating her 6-0,6-0. Bridget also took home Gh 300 cash prize with a trophy and medal whiles runners up Stacy Konadu Mensah also had Gh150 cash with a trophy and medal.

Present for the final were, Ghana Tennis Federation President and Vice, Isaac Abogye Duah and Kwame Djangba and also Coordinator of Ghana wheelchair Tennis Henry Larbi.

Henry Larbi also said, All four finalists will be representing team Ghana at the 2020 PNB Paribas World Team Cup Africa Qualifiers that will be held in February 2020 at Nairobi Kenya. The tournament was fully sponsored by ITF Wheelchair Tennis Department.

By Gabby Amoako Ghana Tennis

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