Anjalika Kurera and Nelaka Dissanayake were the only two who managed wins in their first-round matches, to push through to the pre-quarterfinals of the ITF 14 & Under Closed Tennis Championship currently underway in Bangkok, Thailand.
Four youngsters represented Sri Lanka at the tournament, this years’ Colombo Championship winner and National runner-up Anjalika Kurera, Tania Doloswala, Under 16 National Doubles champions Nelaka Dissanayake and Chathurya Nilaweera. All four players made it to the main draw with their previous performances, but only two managed to proceed in the tournament.
Girls Under 14
Tania Doloswala faced an early exit after her disappointing performance on the opening day of the tournament, against 6th seed Soo Ha Jang of Korea. Jang dominated from the start and secured victory with a clean sheet 6/0, 6/0.
Seeded seventh in the tournament, Anjalika Kurera bought herself a victory over Yee Ching Wai in a fabulous 6/0, 6/0 victory to proceed to the pre-quarterfinal. She will face 9th seed Vladislava Andreesvskaya today (18th September) with hope of carrying the Sri Lankan flag further in the tournament.
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Boys Under 14
Chathurya Nilaweera went up against Indonesia’s Rafly Zulkarnaaen in the second round of the match. After a good run, Nilawwera was just shy of victory and had to bow out of the tournament 6/4, 6/4.
Seeded 9th in the tournament, Nelaka Dissanayake had a cracker of a match on his first day of competition. He wiped out Thinley Dorji of Bhutan 6/0, 6/0 to go through in the tournament. He will face 5th seed Rashed Nawaf in his pre-quarterfinals later today.
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