Savini Jayasuriya of Bishop’s College was crowned the Girls U18 champion at the Nationals Tennis Championship 2018 after a tough battle against friend, doubles partner and top seed Janali Manamperi in a thrilling final.
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Savini Jayasuriya competed in the 103rd Sri Lanka Nationals Tennis Championship with hopes of clinching her first ever Junior National crown in the Under 18 category. Seeded second in the event, Jayasuriya started her journey to the final from the bottom of the draw and received a bye in the first round.
Faced with Oneli Perera in the quarterfinal, Savini eased over in straight sets to reach the semifinals against Oshini Herath. Jayasuriya clinched the first set 6/3 but was made to fight hard for the second set by Herath, who managed to push it to a tie breaker. Savini eventually came out victorious by 7 points to 2 in the deciding tie breaker to book her place in the finals.
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Top seed Janali Manamperi also made her way into the finals after a bye and two straight set victories in the quarters and semifinals, against Senuri Alexander and Sethmi Sumanaweera respectively.
The final clash was a treat to the eye with both girls going at it from the get-go, not letting up till the first set was dragged to a tie breaker. Three points at 4-4 were the turning points in the match for Jayasuriya, as she went on to hold on to the first set 7/6 (4).
Down a set, it was a long road ahead for the top seed to try and patch the damage and level things up with her counterpart. Eventually, Manamperi’s efforts went in vain in a valiant form, as Jayasuriya pulled through the win 6 games to 4.
Savini Jayasuriya is the successor to Medhira Samarasinghe who won the Girls U18 championship in 2017.