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Gambia star reaches ITF tennis finals, others make impact in Dakar

Jul 28, 2010, 4:41 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Six Gambia Tennis players who are currently taking part in the International Tennis Federation\CAT Circuits' Championship for West and Central Africa continued to make a huge impact in Dakar, Senegal.

However, reports gathered by Pointsport from the Secretary-General of the Gambia Lawn Tennis Association, Phillip Akibugun yesterday indicated that all the tennis participants have done extremely well, including Lala Sallah and Buba Drammeh, both of whom had made a remarkable performance by progressing to the quarter- finals of girls 14 & under single's draw and men's draw, respectively to the delight of the Gambian contingent, headed by Coach Lamin Drammeh.

But one young tennis maestro, who has made the biggest impact in the championship, is no other than tennis association's own Dawda Kuyateh.

The outstanding Dawda who spent sometime practising the minority game indeed made every member of the Gambian team in Dakar proud, as well as the Gambia Lawn Tennis Association by reaching the finals of U-12 boys single's draw after seeing-off his opponent Agbegne with an impressive 6-2, 6-4 victory to set the stage for the much-anticipated finals.

Dawda, who is highly-tipped to become one of the finest tennis stars in recent times got-off to a brilliant start to the competition, eliminated some big name tennis players to book a place in the finals in a scintillating fashion in the process.

Despite unconvincing performances from two other Gambian participants Fabakary Drammeh and Mariatou Jammeh after the duo faced a first round exit, the Gambian side was able to secure very good positions in the first leg ranking as Baboucarr Drammeh ranked 7 in the competition with 80 points which involve a total of 17 countries.

Drammeh's compatriot Buba Jawara occupied 10th position with 45 points.

Meanwhile, in the girls 14 - under first leg ranking, Lala Sallah secured fourth place with 80 points while Mariatou Jammeh finished 2nd position with 200 points in the girls 12 - and under.