It was a good day for the Sri Lankan Badminton team as they earned their spots in the singles and doubles quarterfinals at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Singles – Of the four men in the pool, Niluka and Dinuka Krunaratne along with Buwaneka Goonethilleka competed in the Men’s Singles category. Hasini Ambalangodage was the only Sri Lankan competing in the Women’s Singles category.

Out for vengeance from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where Dinuka Karunaratne lost in the round of 16, he has made peace by winning the same at the 2018 games and for the first time in his career, has entered the quarterfinal of this years’ Men’s Singles category. His victim from Mauritius Julien Paul suffered a straight set loss – 23/21, 22/20 – sending Karunaratne through to his first quarterfinal entry at a Commonwealth Games.

Unfortunately, older brother Niluka was unable to replicate Dinuka’s form as he and Buwaneka Goonethilake lost out in the round of 16 while Hasini Ambalangodage was knocked out in the round of 32.

Men’s SinglesPlayerPlayerScore
Round of 64Buwaneka GoonethillekaMurad Ali (PAK)21/16, 21/19
Dinuka KarunaratneKervin Ghislain (SEY)21/7, 21/10
Niluka KarunaratneChristopher Eynon (Flk)21/8, 21/7
Round of 32Buwaneka GoonethillekaEmmanual Donkor (Gha)21/18, 24/22
Dinuka KarunaratneCiaran Chambers (NIR)21/7, 21/8
Niluka KarunaratneLiam Fong (FIJ)21/5, 21/6
Round of 16Zin Rei Ryan (SGP)Buwaneka Goonethilleka21/9, 10/21, 21/19
Srikanth Kidambi (IND)Niluka Karunaratne21/10, 21/10
Dinuka KarunaratneJulien Paul (MRI)23/21, 22/20
Women’s SinglesPlayerPlayerScore
Round of 64Hasini AmbalangodageEmily Redshaw (JEY)21/18, 21/11
Round of 32Kate Foo Kune (MRI)Hasini Ambalangodage21/12, 21/12

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Doubles – After his run in the Men’s singles, Buwaneka Goonethilleka joined young Sachin Dias to try his luck in the Men’s Doubles. Hasini Ambalangodage teamed up with Madushika Dilrukshi while Thilini Hendahewa entered the event with Kavidi Sirimannage.

All three pairs were able to successfully negotiate their round of 16 encounters and will play their quarterfinals in the coming days.

Men’s DoublesPlayersPlayersScore
Round of 32Buwaneka Goonethilleka/Sachin DiasChongo Mulega/Kalombo Mulega (ZAM)21/6, 21/9
Round of 16Buwaneka Goonethilleka/Sachin DiasMatthew Bignell/Alexander Hutchings (JEY)21/13, 21/13
Women’s DoublesPlayersPlayersScore
Round of 32Hasini Ambalngodage/Madushika DilrukshiKimberly Clague/ Christen Marritt (IOM)21/13, 21/19
Thilini Hendahewa/ Kavidi SirimannagePalwashar Bashir/Mahoor Shahzad (PAK)21/6, 21/15
Round of 16Hasini Ambalngodage/Madushika DilrukshiMarie Alisa/Nicki Chan-Lam (MRI)21/6, 21/9
Thilini Hendahewa/ Kavidi SirimannageMichelle Emmett/ Elsie DeVilliers (RSA)21/9, 21/9


Mixed Doubles – Sachin Dias and Thilini Hendahewa squared up in the Mixed Doubles event making their way to the round of 16. Buwaneka Goonethilleka and Kavidi Sirimannage rejoiced victory in the first round but their ride came to an end in the round of 32.

Mixed DoublesPlayersPlayersScore
Round of 64Sachin Dias/Thilini HendahewaEdward Ekiring/Shamim Bangi (UGA)21/17, 21/9
Buwaneka Goonethilleka/Kavidi SirimannageAbraham Ayittey/Gifty Mensah (GHA)21/7, 21/9
Round of 32Sachin Dias/Thilini HendahewaElise Dixon/Alexander Hutchings (JEY)21/10, 21/11
Alexander Dunn/Eleanor O’Donnell (SCO)Buwaneka Goonethilleka/Kavidi Sirimannage21/19, 21/17
Round of 16Tan Wei Han/Hee Kai Terry (SGP)Sachin Dias/Thilini Hendahewa23/21, 21/19


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