The Sunday Leader

Top quality tennis at Queens Club tournament

Mens Singles winner Harshana Godamanna receives award from Peter Amarasinghe

The Queens Club open ranking tennis tournament which concluded on Friday produced some high quality tennis among the many contestants across all age groups and was a sign that the sport was developing quite well.

The tournament also presented the Sri Lankan Davis Cup team players with the ideal match practice before their key group 2 clash against Pakistan this week.

HarshanaGodamannaa member of the current Davis cup team won the Men’s Open Singles event defeating fellow Davis Cup team mate DineshkanthanThangarajah7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 in a closely contested match.

Godamannathen joined his regular Davis Cup doubles teammate Rajeev Rajapaksaand the pairtook the Men’s Open Doubles event by defeating Thangarajah and TanveerAshiq 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. After losing two finals Thangarajah had some consolation when he partnered RoshenkaFernando to win the Mixed Open Doubles event 7-5, 6-0 beatingRajeev Rajapaksa and NethmiWaduge.

The 15 year old NethmiWaduge created a major upset when she won the Women’s Open Singles with a hard fought 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 win over top seed Roshenka Fernando. Waduge also won the girls under 16 singles event by defeating ChalaniGunathilaka 6-1, 6-2.

NelakaDissanayaka the bottom seed of Under 10 boys singles event defeated the seventh seed RakeshRathnasingham 9-2 in the final.

TharinduKaluwalgoda and SahanWeerasuriya won the boys under 10 doubles event beating the bottom seeds YanishkaCooray and DhilvanHerath 9-3.

Wemen Open Winner Nethmi Waduge, Boys U18 winner Nishangan Nadarajah, Girls U18 winner Hasindi Lokuge and Girls U12 winner Anika Seneviratne

NeyaraWeerawansatook the Girls under 10 singles event by beating the bottom seeded Angelica Kurera 9-3. Weerawansa then paired with AlanaSeneviratne and defeated the combination of DenuliJayakody and TashiyaRathnasiri in the under 10 girls doubles event in a close match.

Sean Sanderson who was the top seed in the boys under 12 event defeated the bottom seed NelakaDissanayaka6-1, 7-5 in the final. He also paired with PraneelJasinghe to win the boys under 12 doubles event 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 beating AkithGunawardena and KavishaRathnayaka.

10 year old National champion AnikaSeneviratne won the girls under 12 singles titleovercoming the top seeded PrabuddiPerera 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the final. Seneviratne and Perera then joined forces to clinch the girls under 12 doubles event beatingSenuriAlexander and VineliBandara 6-0, 6-0 in the final.

The under 14 boys singles event was won by the bottom seed IsuruWijerathna who defeated the seventh seed InnthujanSelvarathnarajah. He also won the Under 14 doubles event by partnering UdayachandraSrinath.

The Unseeded ShanaliWijesekera created another upset in the tournament when she defeated the 3rd seed JanaliManamperi in the girls under 14 singles final 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.

In the girls under 14 doubles event UmeshiRanaweera&PiumiWickremasinghe beat the combination of AnikaSeneviratne and PrabuddiPerera 6-4, 6-3.

Chehan Fernando secured the boys under 16 singles event by defeating the third seeded Joshua Jayarathna 6-3, 7-6in the final. He also won the boys Under 18 doubles event by pairing with AvishkaPerera.

The boys under 18 singles event was won by the bottom seed NishanganNadarajah. He beat the top seed ArithaWeerasingha in the final 6-1, 6-4.

Unseeded HasindhiLokugecreated an upset in the girls under 18 singles event when she defeated the top seed Tasha Fernando 6-4, 7-6 in the final.

The wheel chair Men’s Singles event was won by GaminiDissanayaka. He also won the wheel Chair Doubles event by partnering K M S P Perera.

The referee for the tournament was AnujonSubramaniam and the Chief Umpire was DharakaEllawala.

There wasover 540 entries for the tournament and prize money awarded at the open events were the highest ever in tennis in Sri Lanka.


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