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Junior National Badminton Championships Sulochana and Dinuka heading for a double

Sulochana Ariyadasa of Visakha Vidyalaya entered the Girls’ Under 19 Singles and Doubles finals at the Junior National Badminton Championships conducted at the Sri Lanka Badminton Association headquarters courts at Maitland Place yesterday. Dinuka Karunarante, the boys’ Under 19 defending champion also performed well to reach the Double’s final.

Sulochana, the top seed of the event, beat Uparna Katuwawala 11-8, 11-3 to enter the Under 19 final scheduled to be played today at the Royal College Sport Complex. She will meet Lakshi de Silva of Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda in the final. Lakshi beat Peushani de Silva of Lindsay BMV 11-5, 13-11 in semi finals.

Partnered by Prathibani Bambarandage of Devi BMV, Sulochana outclassed Imeka Madurawa of Stafford International and Peushani de Silva 15-4, 15-6 while Anula BMV pair Ravihari de Silva and Uprana Katuwawala defeated Lakshi de Silva of Dharmasoka and Kanishka Madushani of Devananda 17-14, 15-3 in the Girls Under 19 Doubles semi-finals .

Meanwhile, top seed Dinuka Karunarante celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday in style entering the Boys Under 19 semi finals and the Doubles final. He had an easy two set win over Dharmasokian K.G. Jayawardena 15-1, 15-2 in the Under 19 quarter finals. Then he partnered the Dharmarajan K.G .K Jayawardena to beat the Thomian pair of Buddima Jayasundara and Yukthi 15-1, 15-13 in the Doubles semi-finals.

Bottom seed Eranga Fernando of Maliyadeva Kurunegala also qualified for the Boys Under 19 semi-final defeating Sameera Sandakelum 15-11, 12-15, 15-12. Eranga partnered with Lalith Menaka outclassed Tilan Perera and A. Tillekaratne, the Royal pair 15-13, 15-4 to enter the Doubles final.

U.L Nayankantha of Ananda and N.K Jayawaedena of Royal entered the Boys’ Under 17 final.

Meanwhile, based on the performances in the Under 19 Boys and Girls events, players were selected for the Mixed Doubles clashes yesterday. Six pairs will battle it out for the Under 19 Mixed Doubles title today.

Following are the pairs selected for Mixed Doubles.

Dinuka Karunarantne / Prathibani Bambarandage, Eranga Fernando / Sulochana Ariyadasa, Tilan Perera / Shivona Alexender, N. Jayasuriya/ Erani Velivitigoda, K.G.K Jayawardena / Ravihari de Silva, Sameera Sandakelum/ Dinusha Jayamalie.

The finals – Boys’ and Girls’ Under 19 Singles and Doubles will be played today from 4 .p.m onwards at the Royal College Sport Complex. The National Olympic Committee Chairman Hemasiri Fernando will be the Chief Guest. The tournament sponsored by the National Savings Bank is conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association and Sri Lanka Badminton Association.

- (D.R)

Girls under 19 singles (semi finals)

Sulochana Ariyadasa (Visakha) bt Uparna Katuwawala (Anula BMV Nugegoda ) 11-8, 11-3. Lakshi de Silva (Dharmasoka ) bt Peushani de Silva (Lindsay BMV) 11-5, 13-11

Girls under 19 doubles (semi finals)

Sulochana Ariyadasa (Visakha) / Prathibani Bambarandage (Devi BMV) bt Imeka Madurawala (Stafford International) / Peushani de Silva (Lindsay) 15-4, 15-6. Ravihari de Silva / Uparna Katuwawala (Anula BMV Nugegoda) bt Lakshi de Silva (Dharmasoka) / Kanishka Madushani (Devi BMV) 17-14, 15-3

Boys under 19 singles (quarter finals)

Dinuka Karunaratne (Royal) bt K.G Jayawardena (Dharmaraja) 15-1, 15-2

Tilan Perera (Royal) bt B.Jayasundara (S.Thomas’) 15-9 15-11. Yehan Tillekaratne (S. Thomas’) bt Vimukthi Tillekarante (Dharmasoka) 15-13, 15-3. Eranga Fernando (Maliyadeva) bt Sameera Sandakelum (Nalanda) 15-11, 12-15, 15-12

Boys under 19 doubles (semi finals)

Eranga Fernando (Maliyadeva)/ Lasith Menaka (Sri Sumangala Panadura) bt Tilan Perera /A.Tillekaratne (Royal) 15-13, 15-4. Dinuka Karunaratne (Royal)/ K.G.K Jayawardena (Dharmasoka) bt Buddima Jayasundara / Yukthi (Prince of Wales ) 15-1, 15-13

Boys under 17 singles (semi finals)

U.L Nayanakantha (Ananda) bt N.W.Kavishan (Kularatne M.V Ambalangoda) 15-10, 15-11. R.S Dahanayake (Dharmaraja) bt N.K Jayasundara (Royal) 15-12, 15-14

Boys under 17 doubles (semi finals)

J.N Nimalachandra /C. Manawadu (Royal) bt R.S Dahanayake / M.S.B Kumarasinghe (Dharmaraja) 15-10, 15-11. J.Maduranga /P.H Sahan (Dharmasoka) bt U.L Nayanakantha / Viranga Perera (Ananda) 15-10, 15-11

 

 

 

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