16-year old Anika Seneviratne bagged a well deserved win in the all-important Women’s Singles finals of the Sri Lanka Nationals Tennis Championship 2018.
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The 2017 National Women’s Runner-up, and the first ever Clay court nationals champion, Anika Seneviratne of Ladies College returned to the Sri Lanka Nationals with hope of turning her luck around and scoring her first ever national title. Evidently, Seneviratne walked away from center court as the newly crowned National Women’s Champion for 2018.
Her opponent, 14-year old Anjalika Kurera from Ave Maria Convent, had already belted the SSC Open and the Colombo Championship Tennis Tournament earlier this year. Kurera and Seneviratne were the female representatives of Sri Lanka at the recently concluded Asian Games 2018.
Kurera took out Anika in her previous meeting at the Colombo Championships in straight sets. Out for redemption, Seneviratne dominated the match from the start, taking Anjalika by surprise in the first set 6 games to 1.
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In hot waters, Anjalika retreated well in the second set holding her serve till the scores were tied at 3 games all. However, Seneviratne was in a hurry to wrap things up and get her hands on the silverware; She broke serve in the 8th game of the match paving way for herself to serve off the match. And rightfully she did, with brilliant skills at the net and some excellent winners down the line, wrong footing Anjalika to steal the game, set and match.