Ashini upsets title-holder Dilmi at SLB Nationals
Ashini Fernando stunned defending Women’s Singles National Champion Dilmi Dias yesterday to make it to the quarter-finals of the 68th National Badminton Championships continued at the Mercantile Badminton Association Courts in Colombo yesterday.
Dias who was aiming for back-to-back National titles, lost in straight sets with a score line of (21-15, 21-19). Fernando will meet seventh seed Thiyana Vidanaarachchi in today’s quarter-final at the same venue. Vidanaarachchi advanced after defeating Wasana Egodage 21-14, 21-14.
Former champion, veteran Chandrika de Silva, also advanced after defeating Jananuwani Amanda 21-13, 21-18.
De Silva’s opponent in the quarter-final is Hasini Ambalangodage, who overcame Pravina Wijesundara 21-11, 21-10 in yesterday’s last-16 clash.
Others who advanced to women’s singles quarters were Nadeesha Gayanthi (beat Chamudi Abeywickrama 21-16, 24-26, 21-11) and Madushika Dilrukshi (beat Suhasni Gayanthi 21-19, 21-16).
On the men’s side, defending champion Dinuka Karunaratne stormed into the quarters with a dominant 21-12, 21-11 win over Siyath Senaratne at the same venue yesterday.
However, top shuttler Sachin Dias had to retire due to an injury during the third set of his pre-quarter-final match against Viren Nettasinghe, and the latter advanced with a 11-21, 21-15, 5-4 margin.
Nettasinghe booked a quarter-final meeting with Dumindu Abeywickrama who yesterday defeated Nilesh Wijesekara 21-12, 21-17.
Top seed Lochana de Silva also failed to make it to the quarter-finals after losing 11-21, 16-21 to Chamika Karunaratne.
Dinuka Karunaratna, meanwhile, stormed into quarters with a 21-23, 21-10, 21-10 win over Buwaneka Goonatilleke.
Others who booked their place in the quarters are Ranthush Karunathilake (beat Charith Ille Perumarachchi 20-22, 21-14, 21-8), Lahiru Weerasinghe (beat Shamika de Silva 21-14, 21-9) and Rasindu Hendahewa (beat Chaniru Mirando 21-7, 21-11).
Apart from the MBA courts, matches are being held at two more venues in Colombo, namely the Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) Headquarters and Otter Aquatic Club, where a total of 763 matches will be played under a number of different categories.