Yasith, Sanka claim doubles title
Yasitha de Silva and Sanka Athukorala got the better of Dinesh Kanthan Thangaraja and Gayanga Weerasekara (6/3, 6/4) to clinch the Men’s doubles title at the SSC Open Tennis Championship, yesterday.
The first set was a jaw dropping master class by Yasitha and Sanka, who came out incredibly crisply and cleanly,steering their high-rpm forehands precisely where they wanted them and using their defence-to-offence abilities to slide and stretch and flick balls back with aggression.
Yasitha and Sanka found their best level when it mattered most in the first set. The duo landed multiple aces,ripped a forehand winner from outside the tramline and forced their opponent into backhand errors to dominate the proceeding and take a one-set lead.
Into the second set with the momentum on Yasithas and Sanka’s side, they went on to dominate the proceeding which was a cake walk for them to clinch the doubles title with ease.
Meanwhile,Methvan Wijemanne of Royal College defeated Tharuk Marasinghe (2/6 6/2 10/4) in a thrilling three setter to claim the U-14 Boys title.
In the U-18 girls’ quarter-final fixtures, Anithra Dharmarathne, Ruvi Lewkebandara, Vishmi Serasinghe and Nelani Jayasuriya advanced to the semi-finals when they overcame Senulya Wijayawardhane 6/4 7/6 (5), Nishka Vivekanandan (6/1- 6/0), Oneli Perera(7/6(5)- 6/1) and Sethmi Sumanaweera(7/6(4) 6/3) respectively.
In the U-18 boys’ quarter-final, Hasal Ahangama, Matheesha Netthasinghe, Ransath Peiris and Anujaya Abeywickrama marched into the semi-finals after registering wins over Wenuka Kithnula (6/3 1/0 retired), Nisal Hemakumara(6/4 2/6 10/8), Heshika Perera(6/4 7/5) and Vichinthaya Nilaweera(7/6(4) 7/5).