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Shuttle double for Thilini

Former Olympic shuttler and National Champion Thilini Jayasinghe put up a sparkling display to win a double at the Central Province Open Badminton Championship organized by the Sri Lanka Badminton Association and the Central Province Badminton Association and concluded at St Anthonyís College courts, Katugastota yesterday night.

Thilini Jayasinghe displaying excellent court craft with bemusing placings to fox former womenís National Champion of many years Chandrika de Silva and won the first set 21-19 then cruised to a 21-15 win in the second set.

She later won the mixed doubles title partnered by Hasitha Chanaka to beat Lasitha Menaka and Nadeesha Gayathri 21-16, 16-21 and 21-19 to complete the double.

The menís singles finals turned out to be a non-starter as No 1 seeded Diluka Karunaratne conceded a walk over to No 2 seeded Lasitha Menaka on grounds of a leg injury. But the President of the SLBA Roshan Gunawardena said that Diluka Karunaratne did not make use of the medical facilities made available by the Sports Ministry to obtain a medical report and an investigation will be conducted on this matter as they are not satisfied with what has happened.

Lasitha Chanaka also completed the double by winning the menís singles and menís doubles partnered by Manjula Fernando beat H S Perera and A C Fernando 16-21, 21-13 and 21-13.

Sports Minister C B Ratnayake was the chief guest and he distributed the awards with Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and CPBA President Mahinda Kumara.

Results of the finals

Menís singles final: Lasitha Menaka recieved walk over from Diluka Karunaratne.

Womenís singles: Thilini Jayasinghe beat Chandrika de Silva 21-19, 21-15.

Menís doubles: Lasitha Chanaka and Manjula Fernando beat H S Perera and A C Fernando 16-21, 21-13, 21-13.

Mixed doubles: Thilini Jayasinghe and Hasitha Chanaka beat Lasitha Menaka and Nadeesha Gayathri 21-16, 16-21, 21-19. Under-12 girls: Rashmindi Kotigala beat Thushani Hewa 21-2, 21-3.

Under-12 boys: M A Tennakoon beat M R F Shaadher 21-17, 16-21, 21-12.

Under-15 boys: Krishan Danushka beat Wiswa Karangoda 21-19, 21-19.

Under-15 girls: Gayathri Herath beat Lihini Wijesinghe 21-16, 21-14.

Under-17 girls: Maneesha Fonseka beat Ayesha de Silva 21-17, 21-9.

Under-17 boys: Rakhitha Perera beat P K Hettiarachchi 21-16, 21-19.

Womenís doubles: Achini Ratnasiri and Upuli Samanthika beat Chandrika de Silva and Lekha Shehani 21-19, 16-21, 21-15.

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