Tennis star Oshada going great guns in USA
Oshada Wijemanne, former Royal College and Stafford International
School player is one of the 'star' Sri Lanka Tennis players who has
participated at several international tennis tournaments and produced
outstanding performances in Sri Lanka has made a tremendous impact in
the American Circuit by being ranked Number Seven to finish in the Top
ten of final NCAA (National College Athlete Association) Rankings in
The 21 year old Oshada Wijemanne who is presently at the Francis
Marion University, South Carolina, USA has earned NCAA All-American
Oshada completed the following achievements of division two tennis.
Managed to stay within the top 10 singles rankings in the country
throughout the year 2008/2009. Completed the year 2008-2009 as a singles
and doubles all American the first to do so in scholarship division one
and two since Arjun Fernando, best NCAA singles result - beat the NCAA
national champion and the number one ranked player in a match that took
over three hours - 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (12-10) also beat players ranked 1, 4,
5, 8 throughout the season 2008-2009, was named the most wanted player
2008-2009 in Francis.
Marion South Carolina was selected to the first team in the
conference in doubles and singles 2008-2009, he has been named the 2009
recipient of the Inter-collegiate Tennis Association (ITA), player to
win award for the NCAA Division 2, compiled at 16-2 winnings singles
record throughout the regular season and a 16-3 winning doubles record
in the regular season 2008-2009 and reached the semi finals of the
Wilson NCAA regional championships.
In college tennis the most competitive tennis is played in division 1
and 2 because these are the only two divisions that give scholarships,
therefore the universities can recruit players from all over the world.
Whereas this is not possible in NCAA division 3 because there are no
sports scholarship available. Division one and two are highest and if
fare prominently tend to carry on ATP become a full time professional.
Oshada on holiday here told the Daily News, his main aim is to win
the NCAA (all college from all over world are in) singles title. I have
two more years to continue playing.
The major difference between division 1 and 2 is the fact that there
is a age limit in division one therefore players who are over the age of
24 cannot compete in division 1 whereas division 2 has no age limit.
However, both these divisions are regarded as the most competitive
leagues in college tennis in the United States.
Oshada and another player were recently named to the 2009
Inter-collegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division 11 All-American
team. He and Dilshod Sharifi were named to the All-America squad for
both singles and doubles play. Oshada a native of Colombo Sri Lanka was
16-2 at the number one singles position and ended the year ranked
seventh in division two.
Oshada and Sharifi combined efforts for 16-3 doubles record at the
number one position and garnered a top 10 national ranking at the end of
Oshada and Sharifi become the seventh and eight patriot men's tennis
players to earn All-American honours.
Singles Ranking: 1. Bonet (Spain) 2. Grubin (Serbia), 3. Rong Ma
(China) 4. Svigelj (Sivenia) 5. Carsuzaa (France) 6. Seves (Brazil) 7.
Oshada Wijemanne (Sri Lanka) 8. Siqueria (Brazil) 9. Hall (Germany) 10.
Oshada started playing tennis at the tender age of 6 years, and was
coached by Sylvester Francis at Royal College. He won the junior clay
court national under 16 and under 18 and also won the hard court junior
nationals under 16 and under 18 in the same year 2004. Four singles
titles in the span of two months.
Reached the semi finals and above in over 16 ITF Junior singles and
doubles championship reached the highest rank of Sri Lankan junior in
the international tennis rankings - 186 in 2005 - just after competing
in only seven tournaments that year.
First appearance in the Sri Lanka Davis cup team was in 2002 and
2005, one of the youngest ever in Sri Lanka to take part in the Davis
Cup at the age of 14. 2005 - Neway International Junior Tennis
championship group 3 - finalist, 2004 ITF Junior Tennis championships
tournament one Sri Lanka group 5 - winner, the best results in ITF
Junior double. 2004 ITF junior Championships 1 and 2 Sri Lanka group 5 -
winner and 2005 Thamrin Cup international junior championships group 3 -