Nethmi Waduge clinches triple tennis crowns
Nethmi Waduge, thirteen year old student of Visakha Vidyalaya, Bambalapitiya stole the limelight by clinching triple tennis crowns at Bandarawela annual open all island Ranking (B.grade) tennis tournament 2012 concluded at the Bandarawela Tennis club Courts Last Saturday.
Nethmi Waduge, the top need in the girls under 14 category continued her top from to annex the girls under 14, 16 and women’s open singles titles.
Nethmi had the distinction of being the only player from Sri Lanka to be selected to the ITF Asia touring team that contested in the ITF Asia under 14 Division one.
Tennis Championship which consisted of two rounds and held in Manila Philippians from March 4 to 17.
She secured the 12th place in the first round and 14th place in the second.
In the men’s category Thangarajah Dineshkanthan pocketed a double as he beat Dinusha Wijesuriya 7-5, 6-3 in the men’s open singles and then pairing with Chehan Fernando Chinthaka Shaveen and Aritha Weerasinghe 6-3, 6-2 in the open doubles final.
Final result Boys
Boys under 12 singles- Avinda Perera bt Vibudha Wijebandara 61, 6-1
Under 14 singles
Nabeel Sabri beat Joshua Jayaratne 7-5, 1-6, 11-9
Boys under 14 doubles
Andrew Muttiah and Joshua Jayaratne beat Archana Lokuge and Shivanka Silva 4-0, 2-4, 10-8
Boys under 16 singles
Chehan Fernando beat Nabeel Sabri 6-0, 6-0
Boys under 18 singles
Aritha Weerasinghe beat Chintaka Shavein 4-1 (retired)
Boys under 18 doubles
Madusha Wijesuriya and Chehan Fernando beat Supun Pathirage and Ibrahim Hussain 4-1, 4-2
Girls under 12 singles: Piumi Wickramasinghe beat Umeshi Ranaweera 6-0, 6-0 .
Girls under 14 singles: Nethmi Waduge beat Hasindu Lokuge 6-3, 6-2
Girls under 14 doubles: Hasindi Lokuge and Thakshila Ratnayake beat Umeshi Ranaweera and Piumi Wickramasinghe 4-0, 5-3
Girls under 16 singles: Nethmi Waduge beat Hasindi Lokuge 6-0, 6-0 . Girls under 18 singles: Chalani Gunatilake beat Thewuni Devarajah 6-3, 1-6, 11-9.
Men’s open Singles: T. Dineshkanthan beat Dinusha Wijesuriya 7-5, 63
Men’s open doubles: T. Dineshkanthan and Chehan Fernando beat Ariyha Weerasinghe and Chintaka Shaveen 6-3, 62
Women’s open singles
Nethmi Waduge beat Shankari Thayakaran 6-3, 6-3
Women’s open doubles (not held) Mixed doubles
Shankari Thayakaran and Dinusha Wijesuriya beat T. Dineshkanthan and Shamendri De Silva 4-2, 5-4 (4)
Bandarawela Tennis club together with SLTA conducted the event with SLTA representative Dharaka Ellawala officiating as the Tournament referee.
The President of Bandarawela Tennis club, Nalin Ranatunga was the tournament Director while Tournament secretary was Mahinda Fernando