Menís double final today
93rd National Tennis Championship:
The twelve-day old 93rd National Tennis Championships, sponsored by
Laugfs Gas and conducted by the SLTA on its Greenpath Courts, will be
brought to a close this evening with the Mensí Double final between
Harshana Godamanne / Rajeev Rajapakse versus Rukmal Cooray / Sankha
Athukorala. This will be followed by the presentation of awards at which
the Minister of Sport Gamini Lokuge will be the chief guest.
Right upto yesterday there were far reaching wide array of events to
include wheel chair tennis, the children boys and girls, the Juniors,
the intermediate and senior categories.
This does speak well of the organisers, who were able to keep well
within the schedule of matches.
Those who impressed amongst the men were Sankha Athukorala, Rajeev
Rajapakse, Gayanga Weerasekera, Amrith Rupasinghe, Godamanne, Rukmal
Cooray and Dinusha Wijesuriya.
The pick amongst the women were Jithmie Jayawickrema, Amritha Muttiah,
Udanthi Narahenpitage, Nilupul Goonesekera, Khemali Herath, Shahini
Silva and Shenali Weerasekera. In the evening of the penultimate day,
Rajeev Rajapakse / Jithmie Jayawickrema beat Dinusha Wijesuriya /
Nilupul Gooneskera to win the mixed doubles finals 6/1, 6/4. Both Rajeev
and Jithmie displayed fine court craft and better placement to make
short work of the first set in the next they countered.
Opposition from Wijesuriya and Nilupul to impress on the rallies to
secure 4 points before going down.
In the womenís doubles, Shalini de Silva and Amritha Muttiaha, wasnít
given a fight by Udanthi Narhenpitage / Shenali Weerasekera to win
comfortably 6/2, 6/2.