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Chameera, Ishara win TT titles



Chameera Ginige and Ishara Madurangi won the men’s and women’s singles titles of the Dhanasiri Amarathunga Challenge Trophy All Island Ranking Table Tennis Tournament organised by the Western Province Table Tennis Association at Mount Lavinia.

In the women’s final Madurangi beat Muthumali Priyadarshani 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 and in a closely contested men’s final Ginige beat Senura Silva 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8.

Madurangi reached the final with a convincing 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 win over Erandi Warusavithana in the semi-final while Priyadarshani outdid Hansani Piyumala 11-8, 11-13, 11-5, 11-5 for her final spot.

In the men’s semi-final Ginige beat Krishan Wickramaratne 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7 whilst, Senura Silva beat Supun Warasuwithana 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 12-10 to reach the final.

It was the second All Island Ranking Tournament conducted by the Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka under the 2020 calendar. The TTASL started conducting postponed-2020 events (due to the Covid 19 Pandemic) a fortnight ago with the championship in Kegalle.

Organised by the Western Province Table Tennis Association (WPTTA), the championship attracted 170 competitors consisting of 100 men and 70 women players.

The organizers originally planned to host both under 18 and under 15 boys’ and girls’ category events in addition to the open mens’ and womens’ events. But they were postponed after health officials instructed to reduce participation. TTASL said that both events will be held later.

In the women’s open category, 54 players competed in the qualification rounds where 16 qualified to play in the main draw and compete against the 16 ranked players. In the men’s open category, 84 players competed in the qualification rounds and 16 qualified to play in the main event playoff with the 16 ranked players.

Women’s Quarter-final results:

Ishara Madurangi (SL Ports Authority) bt. Ayla Chitty (Ladies College, Colombo) 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6

Erandi Warusavithana (Raigam Marketing) bt. Bimandi Bandara (Hillwood College, Kandy) 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7

Hansani Piyumali (SL Navy) bt. Jithara Warnakulasuriya (Ladies College Colombo) 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2

Muthumali Priyadarshani (SL Navy) bt. Thanushi Rodrigo 11-6, 11-7, 11-9

Men’s Quarter-final results

Krishan Wickkramaratne (VOBSC) bt. Imandtha Udanjaya (SL Army) 11-5,11-7, 11-5

Chameera Ginige (Uni. Sri Jayewardenepura) bt. Prasad De Silva (Road Dev) 5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9

Supun Warasuwithana (Uni. Moratuwa) bt. Chanul Dulsen (Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda) 11-5, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10

Senura Silva (Ananda College, Colombo) bt. Milinda Lakshitha (OMBC) 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9

Apart from winners all quarter-finalists received certificates. Chief Guest at the tournament Nilushi Theodore, Brand Executive, Raigam Marketing Services distributed gift packs to the winners and runner-up. The finalists received the trophies from the General Secretary of the TTASL Shrinath Wijethunga. Cash awards were awarded by Anura Lal, Managing Director of Githmi Sports, Ambalangoda.

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SLT-MOBITEL Southern Eliyakanda Hill Climb 2021 Concludes Successfully



SLTMOBITEL Speedup Southern Eliyakanda Hill Climb 2021’ Motorbike and Car racing championship powered by the ultra-high speed fibre broadband and fastest mobile internet services provider in Sri Lanka SLT-MOBITEL concluded successfully amid much fanfare, on the 27th and 28th February, 2021 at the Eliyakanda racing circuit in Browns Hill Matara.

SLT-MOBITEL joined hands with the Southern Motor Sports Club (SMSC) for the 25th edition of the ‘SLTMOBITEL Speedup Southern Eliyakanda Hill Climb’.

The exciting racing spectacle comprised of 16 motor cycle events and 17 motor car events, on an uphill course covering a distance of 540 metres, The Bike races were conducted on 27th February and the Car races took place the next day, on 28th February, 2021.

Jaden Gunawardena took pole as the faster rider among 103 racers, marking a new race record of 33.63 seconds. Moreover, Ashan Silva made history at the car race as the first person in the event’s 25 year history to complete the race in 31.26 seconds. The race was made extra special as Ashan had in his first run beat Dilan Seneviratna’s record of 31.783 seconds.

The SLTMOBITEL Speedup Southern Eliyakanda Hill Climb is a national championship event which functions under the purview of the Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), the governing body for motor sports in Sri Lanka.

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Wenuka wins all Thomian final to clinch U16 boys’ singles title



SSC Open Ranking Tennis

by Reemus Fernando

Wenuka Kithnula clinched the Under-16 boys’ singles title with a win over top seed Zaidh Zihar at the SSC Open Ranking Tennis tournament in Colombo on Wednesday.

In an all Thomian final Kithnula scored 7-5, 6-4 against Zihar, who had to be content with the runner up title for the second consecutive time within weeks.

For Kithnula, it was the first title in this age category after being eliminated in the quarter-finals of two consecutive tournaments this year. He has however tasted title victory in lower age category events at the SSC Open Raking Tournaments before.

Both Zaidh Zihar and Wenuka Kithnula have been performing consistently since tennis resumed following a long hiatus due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The S. Thomas’ College players were also among the top contenders when they were competing in the Under-14 age category often sharing the champion and runner up titles between them.

At the Tennis Nationals 2020 which was played in January this year, Kithnula was eliminated by eventual champion Kiran Viravanathan in the quarter-finals of the Under-16 tournament. Zihar reached the semi-finals in that tournament.

At the last month’s Colombo Championships, Kithnula was knocked out in the quarter-finals, while Zihar reached the final where he was beaten by Viravanathan.

Meanwhile, in the Under-16 girls’ singles, Dinara de Silva and Saajida Razick from Dineshkanthan Tennis School are set to meet in the final as they won their semi finals.

In the Under-14 girls’ singles Arushi Thomas, Onali de Silva, Jayami Thambugalage and Dulkini Ranasinghe advanced to the semi finals.


Under-16 boys’ singles final

Wenuka Kithnula beat Zaidh Zihar 7-5, 6-4

Under-16 girls’ singles semi-finals

Dinara de Silva beat Anithra Dharmaratne 6-2, 6-4

Saajida Razick beat Dinethya Dharmaratne 6-2, 6-3

Under-14 girls’ singles quarter-final

Arushi Thomas beat Melasha Randini 7-5, 6-4,

Onali de Silva beat Inuki Jayaweera 1-6, 6-2, 13-11

Jayami Thambugalage beat Brinda Fernando 6-3, 6-1,

Dulkini Ranasinghe beat Akeesha Silva 3-6, 6-4, 10-8


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Top seeds Zihar, Wenuka book final berths



SSC Open Ranking Tennis

Top seeds Zaidh Zihar and Wenuka Kithnula advanced to the final of the Under-16 boys’ singles as they won their respective semi-final matches at the SSC Open Ranking Tennis tournament in Colombo on Tuesday.

Zihar, the top seed, beat Hasal Ahangama 6-4, 6-5 to book his second consecutive Under-16 boys’ singles final berth. Zihar was the runner up to Kiran Viravanathan at the last month’s Colombo Championships.

The second seed Kithnula ousted Ransath Peiris 6-2, 6-2 to advance to his first final after being eliminated in the quarter-finals at both the Colombo Championships and the Nationals (U16) in January.

In the Under-12 boys’ singles Saha Kapilasena edged out his bother Tyee 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 to book a place in the final. Kapilasena will now meet Jayin de Saram who won his semi final against Aahil Kaleel (7-6, 2-6, 10-5).

In the Under-16 girls’ singles, third seed Dinethya Dharmaratne secured a semi-final place against number two seed Saajida Razick when she overcame a set defeat to beat Nelini Jayasuriya 3-6, 6-2, 10-8. Razick advanced to the semis with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Nesangi Hemakumara.

In the other semi-final Anitra Dharmaratne is set to meet Dinara de Silva who beat Ruvi Lewkebandara 0-6, 6-1, 10-7. Anitra Dharmaratne secured her spot when she ousted top seed Dewmini Warnasuriya 6-2, 1-6, 12-10.


Under-16 boys’ singles semis

Zaidh Zihar beat Hasal Ahangama 6-4, 6-5

Wenuka Kithnula beat Ransath Peiris 6-2, 6-2

Under-16 girls’ singles quarter-finals

Dinethya Dharmaratne beat Nelini Jayasuriya 3-6, 6-2, 10-8

Saajida Razick beat Nesangi Hemakumara 6-2, 6-2

Dinara de Silva beat Ruvi Lewkebandara 0-6, 6-1, 10-7

Anitra Dharmaratne beat Dewmini Warnasuriya 6-2, 1-6, 12-10

Under-12 boys’ singles semi-finals

Saha Kapilasena beat Tyee Kapilasena 3-6, 6-2, 10-6

Jayin de Saram beat Aahil Kaleel 7-6, 2-6, 10-5

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