Tennis: Ghana’s Okantey qualifies for semis at ITF World Tour J4

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Reginald Okantey

Ghana’s juvenile tennis star Reginald Okantey has qualified for the semi-finals of the boys singles’ event at the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour J4 currently underway in Lome, Togo.

The six-day tournament started on Monday and ends on Saturday, September 14.

The 18-year-old player made it to the semis after dispatching Indian and tournament’s number one seed Aaryan Zaveri 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.

Reginald, the tournament’s number 11 seed, has been in top form at the competition recording a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Benin’s Aristide Setome and 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Abayomi Oluseyi Philips from Nigeria at the preliminary stages before meeting Aaryan Zaveri in the quarter finals.

He will now face Myko Yohan Kouame of Cote d’Ivoire, who qualified to the semi-final after beating Nigeria’s Emmanuel Jebutu 6-3, 6-3.

Reginald Okantey now faces Ivorian Myko Yohan Kouame 

In the girls’ singles, Ghana’s Naa Anyema McKorley won her first match 6-4, 6-4 against Peace Udoh from Nigeria but she was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by USA’s Ariel Johnson in the second round.

Ghana presented eight players at the competition but only Reginald Okantey made it to the semi-final.

Meanwhile, the Tennis Foundation Ghana, a promoter of tennis in Ghana, has pledged to continue to support and encourage Ghanaian players in their quest to make the nation proud.

Mr Roger Crawford, president of the TFG told this paper that his outfit will go the extra mile to turn the fortunes of the sport around in the shortest time possible.

“At least one of the players (Reginald Okantey) made it to the semis and that is soothing. As an NGO we will continue to support the Ghana Tennis Federation, especially the players to enable them go far in such tournaments,” Mr Crawford told Graphic Sports Online from his US base.