The finale of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most prestigious event, the 103rd Sri Lanka Nationals Tennis Championship, will take center court tomorrow the 1st September, at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association.
Savith Weerasinghe was crowned the Boys U18 champion at the Nationals Tennis Championship….
The junior and Senior Nationals Tennis Championship kicked off on the 18th August with over 500 players taking part in the competition. After two weeks of thrilling action, the two most awaited finals are finally here with four hungry competitors, eagerly waiting to go hard and strong at the Men’s and Women’s championship titles.
First to take the court will be two well-seasoned campaigners in the current Sri Lankan tennis circuit. Sharmal Dissanayake and Dineshkanthan Thangarajah will go head to head at the Men’s Open Singles crown.
Out of 128 entries, the two Davis Cup representatives have made their way to the final with 5 breezy wins each in their first few rounds. Top seeded Sharmal, faced off against Heera Ashiq in the semifinals which turned out to be the only challenging match for him this far. However, the champ pulled through a straight set victory, 6/4, 6/2, to book a place in the final.
His counterstrike, DIneshkanthan Thangarajah emerged from the bottom half of the draw, being seeded second in the tournament. He faced Yasitha De Silva in a heated Semifinal, but the old-timer using his experience dug deep to finish a fast-paced game, 7/6 (1), 6/3.
Watch the Final LIVE: Men’s Open Singles Final – Sri Lanka Nationals Tennis Championship 2018
The Women’s final will be an afternoon treat for Tennis fans, when Anika Seneviratne and Anjalika Kurera take the court for the nation’s title.
Anika Seneviratne started off as the 4th seed of the tournament and made her way to the final with all but one easy victory. Unseeded Rukshika Wijesooriya pushed Seneviratne to the edge in the quarterfinals, but Seneviratne’s recent experience at the Asian Games got her through, 7/6(0), 7/5. She thrashed top seeded Janali Manamperi 6/0, 6/0 in the semifinals to reach the finale.
14-year old Anjalika Kurera has had a victorious year of tennis, bagging the SSC Women’s Open title as well as the Colombo Championship Women’s championship title before being selected as the top women’s player for the recently concluded Asian Games.
None of the other competitors were able to pose a real threat to Kurera, as she only conceded 5 games throughout her run in the tournament so far in 3 matches. Kurera will look to bag this major title as well, and complete a triple threat of wins for the year.
Watch the Finals LIVE: Women’s Open Singles Final – Sri Lanka Nationals Tennis Championship 2018
Log in at 10:00am for the Men’s Open Singles Finals and 02:30pm for the Ladies Final tomorrow, 1st September 2018.