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23.03.2007 Tennis

Salifu Mohammed Out Of ITF Tourney

Ghana's Salifu Mohammed failed once again to progress in the Areeba-sponsored ITF Futures tennis tournament being staged in Ghana.

Having lost out in the very first round in the first leg, Mohammed had hoped to go further in the second leg but he failed to beat his Macedonia opponent, Predrag Russevski, in their second round encounter played at the Accra Lawn Tennis Club yesterday.

Rather, Mohammed committed a lot of unforced errors and failed to get into his rhythm as he bowed out on a 6-3.6-3 result.

It was double agony for Ghana as the doubles hopefuls, Michael Nortey and Emmanuel Mensah, also lost 3-6, 3-6 in the quarter-final match to Bart Beks (Holland) and Catalin Ionut Gard (Romania).

Ghana's top seed Henry Adjei-Darko who had won the tournament in Nigeria, pulled out of the second leg of the Ghana event last Monday after failing to recover from persistent dizziness.

Other Africans competing in the competition organised as part of ITF's Grand Slam programme also failed to go past the second round in both the singles event and the doubles game.

Cote d'Ivoire's Valentin Sanon lost out to Gabriel Moraru of Romania while Togo's Komlavi Loglo was also beaten by Gavrila Adrian Vasille of Romania.

The competition continues today with the semi-final matches of the doubles and the quarter-finals of the singles game.