Savinaka, Ranithma clinch singles crowns

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Young sensations Savinaka Weerasekara and Ranithma Liyanage clinched the open men’s and women’s single titles at the Summer Season All Island Badminton Championship held at the Municipal Indoor Stadium Nuwara Eliya over the weekend.

Savinaka, a D.S. Senanayake College student, overcame the top seed, 16-year-old Royalist Aashinsa Herath, in a three-setter (21-13, 17-21, 21-13) to win the title.

On the other hand, Ranithma, the 16-year-old student of Christ Church College Baddegama and reigning national champion, outclassed Hasara Wijerathne in another three setter (21-12, 18-21, 21-12) to clinch the open women’s crown of the popular tournament conducted by the Central Province Badminton Association in collaboration with Sri Lanka Badminton.

The women’s doubles final was won by Buthmi Galagamage partnered by Nadeesha Gayanthi. They overpowered Rashmi Mudalige and Thiyaana Widanarachchi in a thrilling three setter 21-19, 20-22, 21-17.

Lochana de Silva and Rashintha de Silva won the men’s doubles final defeating Oshamika Karunaratne and Thulith Palliyaguru 21-17, 22-20.

The mixed doubles final was won by Thulith Palliyaguru and Buthmi Galagamage who overcame Chamath Dias and Natasha Gunasekara 21-14, 21-15.

Sri Lanka Badminton President Rohan de Silva, Central Province Badminton Association President Mahinda Dodampagamage, Central Province Badminton Secretary Chamara Aluthge and Nuwara Eliya Mayor Chandana Lal Karunaratne were the special guests at the awards ceremony.