Perera and Dharmarathne shine at SLTA Hard Court Nationals 2023

Hard Court National 2023


The Hard Court National 2023 organized by Sri Lanka Tennis association successfully concluded on the 5th of April. This tournament kick-started on the 20th of March and over the course of the past 2 weeks, was played in 3 different venues, namely Royal College courts, SLTA Courts and Queens Courts.

In the open category, the Men’s Singles Final saw Apna Perera from Ananda College defeat Kiran Viravanathan in a three-set match. Despite losing the first set 6-3, Perera managed to take the last two sets by 7-6 and 6-4 to clinch the title. To reach the Finals, Apna defeated the number two seed, Thehan Wijemanne (6-3, 6-1) in the quarter-final before edging out Thangaraja Dineshkanthan (6-2, 3-6, 6-3) in the semi-final.

On the other hand, Vishakian Dinethya Dharmarathne beat Janali Manamperi in straight sets (7-6, 6-1) to win the Women’s Singles Final.  On her way to the finals, Dinethya defeated Nesangi Hemakumara (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) in the quarter-final before securing a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tuvini de Alwis in the semi-final.

In other categories, the Girls’ U-12 Finals saw Gianna Perera emerge victorious, defeating Hesandee Mallawa 6-2, 6-2. In the U-16 Girls’ Finals, Ivanka Samarasinghe beat Vinethya Dharmarathne, who won the first set by 5-7 but ultimately conceded the last two by 7-5 and 6-1. Chamidu Abeysinghe won the U-14 Boys’ Final by beating Ashlin de Silva in straight sets (7-6, 6-1). In the Women’s Doubles Final held on Tuesday, Saajida Razick and Dinara de Silva won against Janali Manamperi and Neyara Weerawansa by 6-4, 6-4.