Top Seeds Nelaweera and Kurera left with one more hurdle

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Chathurya Nilaweera and Anjalika Kurera, the top seeds of the tournament, are just one match away from competing in the Final of the ATF 14 & Under Tennis Championship – Week 1.

The 4th day of week 1 was worked off today at the hard courts of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association with a total of 36 matches played throughout the day. Top seed Chathurya Nilaweera will face 4th seeded Krishangan Raghuvanshi of India while Anjalike Kurera will take on 8th seed Heshani Thalagahage in the Semi-Finals.

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This will be Chathurya’s first encounter with a foreigner during this years’ tournament as he has demolished three of his fellow lankans without a sweat on his journey to the semi-finals. Senuk Gunratne, Anujaya Abeywickrama and Kavishka Gallage faced Nilaweera’s wrath as they went down in easy two-set matches. Raghuvanshi has shown no less of his talent as he has walked over three Sri Lankans in swift form over the week.

The bottom half brings Nelaka Dissanayake of Hit Tenniz academy and Thehan Wijemmane up to plate to play for the last spot in the final match up. Dissanayake is ranked second in the tournament and has beaten 3 unseeded lankans on his journey to the semi-finals. He had a shaky start in the tournament as he went up against Apna Perera in the first round but he overcame the battle in a three setter with scores reading 1/6, 6/1, 6/4. On his way to the Semis Wijemmane has had one toughie himself in the recently concluded quarter final against Wenuka Arachchilage which eventually ended as 6/2, 4/6, 6/0 in Wijemmannes favour.

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Anjalika Kurera has reached this spot in a breeze as she defeated Preethika Chandramohan and Dinethya Dharmaratne in the process. Her opponent on the other hand has reached the semis by defeating the Tania Doloswala who is 4 ranks higher in the quarter finals. With the confidence from this win Heshani Thalagahage will look to strike on Anjalikas perfect season.

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The other semi-final pair up to battle is 3rd seed Oneli Perera and Tharani Alexander who is ranked 5th in the tournament. While Oneli has had it easy throughout her first few rounds in the tournament Tharani Alexander has had a major breakthrough in the quarters today against bottom seed Shruuthi Khanna of India. She managed to bag the match with a break of serve in each of the sets with a proud score of 6/3, 6/3. Just as Heshani, Tharani will be stepping on court tomorrow with this morale boost hoping to make big changes in Oneli’s path to the Final.

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