The 2021 National Ranking Tour 1 came to a thrilling conclusion Friday, as Samuel Antwi out-dueled Japheth Bagerbaseh to claim his second National Ranking Tour title.
The Atomic Tennis Club’s Antwi won 6-3,3-6,4-1(R) in 3 hours and 30 minutes to add his ranking title he won in 2018 Tour 5. Japheth made a strong start but struggled physically as the game entered the final set.
Though Japheth came into the match with a 3-2 head-to-head advantage but Antwi delivered the clutch performance on Friday under the scorchy sun at the National Tennis Center, Accra.
Antwi took a comfortable 3-1 lead with some beautiful groundstrokes as he took control of the first set 6-3. Japheth found his rhythm to erase the early deficit and went on to win the second set 6-3. In the final set, there were early signs of some physical discomfort when Japheth patted over two smashes at 3-0 down in the third set but again, he broke back. At 4-1 Japheth called for two medical timeouts on his Knees, but the stoppages did little to stop Antwi from capturing his second Ranking title.
After the match, Japheth said: “Congratulations, Antwi. This has been absolutely deserved today. You were the more courageous player in the decisive moment, and he deserves his title.”
“This is all Hardwork, said Antwi, Thanks to my Coach Akwetey Murphy and Andrews Adu Appiah (Akaak) for their help.”
The weeklong Tour was put together Tennis Professional of Ghana and Ghana Tennis Federation with support by Tennis Foundation Ghana and Boafo & Anan Foundation