|National Badminton Championship
Manjula and Niluka in final
The final was to be played last evening.
Manjula, the number five seed recorded an upset victory over top the seeded D.D. Ranasinghe in a three setter semi final. Fernando lost the first set 10-15 but came back strongly to beat Ransinghe in the next two 15-2, 15-3. In the other mens open semi final, Niluka Karunaratne of Royal College, the third seed, beat Niroshan John 15-2, 15-12.
Meanwhile, Chandrika de Silva and Dilhani de Silva clinched the womens doubles defeating Sriyani Deepika and Tharaka Abeywickrama 15-6, 15,2. Chandrika partnered Kamal Gamlath to win the mixed doubles beating Clarence Homer and Sriyani Deepika in the final. Chandrika, with two titles in the bag, will be looking for the triple crown. She was to meet Dilhani de Silva in the womens open final.
In the mens doubles semi finals, Manjula Fernando and Palinda Halangoda scored an upset victory. The unseeded pair defeated the top seeded combination of D.D. Ranasinghe and Udaya Wanasinghe 15-3, 15-4. Kamal Gamlath together with Clarence Homer won the other semi final. They beat Niluka Karunaratne and Thanuja Liyanage in a three setter 8-15, 15-6, 15-7.
The mens and womens open singles finals and mens doubles final were scheduled to be played yesterday, from 4 pm onwards.
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