The record breaking, history making 20-year old squash star, Mihiliya Methsarani conquered the recently concluded United Sports Open Squash Tournament 2018 defeating Fathoum Issadeen in the final, yesterday. (15th July)

ස්කොෂ් ක්‍රීඩාවෙන් කිරුළු පැලදී ලාංකීය කුමරිය, මිහිලියා

අතිදක්ෂ ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ස්කොෂ් ක්‍රීඩිකාවක් වන මිහිලියා මෙත්සරණි සිය ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රීඩා…

2017 National champions Ravindu Laksiri and Mihiliya Methsarani held tight to the Men’s and Women’s Open Championships defeating Shamil Wakeel and Fathoum Issadeen in their respective finals.

Commonwealth Games 2018 team mate Ravindu Laksiri, stood true to his name by defending the Men’s title against Royalist, Shamil Wakeel.

The Women’s final was a thriller, with the two girls going neck-n-neck in a tightly contested final battle. Fathoum Issadeen and Mihiliya Methsarani were the first ladies pair to bring Sri Lanka Squash to an incredible rank of 7th in Asia. Both players hold similar world ranks of 208th and the quality of play in the final was a treat to the eye.

Photos: United Sports Open Squash Tournament 2018 | Anjana Dissanayake | 16/07/2018..

However, in an unfortunate turn of events with uninformed referees and some questionable calls on court, Issadeen was stripped of the title, leaving her compadre Methsarani to retain the championship title for the year 2018. The final scores read 11-8, 7-11, 11-5 and 11-6 in favour of the defending champion.

The tournament hosted junior events starting from the girls and boys under 9 category all the way to the Over 50 veterans’ category.

The winners and runners up of the United Sports Squash Tournament 2018

Girls Under 9 – M.B Samaranayake beat M.L Rajapakse
Boys Under 9 – K Kohombage beat V.S Peiris
Girls Under 11 – A. Gunasekara beat D.S Balasooriya
Boys Under 11 – M. Rilwan beat D.S Nethmira
Girls Under 13 – R.I Wood beat A. Mendia
Boys Under 13 – J.S Premathilaka beat S.D Dias
Girls Under 15 – S.C Sinali beat A.O Perera
Boys Under 15 – A.N Lakman beat H.T Randina
Girls Under 17 – S.C Sinay bbeat D. Gallage
Boys Under 17 – M.D Wood beat beat M.I Asman
Girls Under 19 – K. Gunawardana beat S. Deen
Boys Under 19 – D. Perera beat H. Balasooriya

Men’s Plate – H.A.S De Silva beat H.M.A Priyantha
Men’s Over 35 – S. Thilarathna beat S.K De Silva
Men’s Over 45 – C.H Talagala beat D. Wijesundara
Men’s Over 50 – M.N Cader beat P.D Jayasinghe
Women’s Open – Mihiliya Methsarani beat Fathoum Issadeen
Men’s Open – Ravindu Laksiri bbeat Shamil Wakeel