Finalists found at SL Tennis Nationals
The coveted National title for Women’s and Men’s Singles will be up for grabs on Saturday, 1 September, when four leading players in the country will vie for the ultimate honour at the 103rd Tennis Nationals, now being held at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) hard courts, Green Path, Colombo.
In the two semi-finals of Men’s Singles held on Thursday morning, four-time champion (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), the Batticaloa-born, St. Peter’s College, Colombo old-boy Dineshkanthan Thangarajah, 27, beat national Davis Cup rep, the 30-year-old Sankha Atukorale 6/2, 6/3.
Meanwhile in the other semi, held on Thursday morning, the 2016 and 2017 national champion and country’s leading Davis Cup player Sharmal Dissanayake, 22, beat the 2014 champion, the Pakistan-born 25-year-old Heera Ashiq 6/4, 6/2.
In Women’s Singles, four previously uncrowned lasses were engaged in a battle for supremacy before 14-year-old Anjalika Kurera and Anika Seneviratne, 16, emerging victorious and reached the finals.
Kurera, the prodigious player emerging from Negombo, beat Oneli Perera (15 years) 6/1, 6/0 while Seneviratne thrashed the daylights out of a hapless 18-year-older Janali Manamperi 6/0, 6/0.
Schedule of Finals:
The finals of Women’s and Men’s Singles of this year’s Tennis Nationals will be held on Saturday, 1 September at the SLTA.
The two matches will be aired live on TV and web.
The Men’s Singles final between Sharmal Dissanayake and Dineshkanthan Thangarajah will begin at 10 a.m. and the Women’s final, between Anjalika Kurera and Anika Seneviratne, is scheduled for 2 p.m. the same day.
OTHER RESULTS ON THURSDAY:
Boys Under-14 Singles Final:
Nelaka Dissanayake beat Anut Wjesinghe 6/0, 6/0
Girls Under-14 Singles Final:
Anjalika Kurera versus Tania Doloswala
(scheduled at 2 p.m., 30 Aug. 2018).
* The picture shows Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (left) and Anika Seneviratne who reached Saturday’s finals of this year’s men’s and women’s singles respectively in the 103rd Tennis Nationals.