World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania; Sri Lanka rout Singapore 3-0

07 - March - 2018 | 342 Views | Share

Sri Lanka junior boys’ tennis team went got off to a flying start recording a 3-0 win over Singapore in their opening tie of the ITF World Junior (14 & under) boys’ Tennis Team Championship Asia/Oceania Group ‘C’ Pre-qualifiers that commenced at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts yesterday.

The Lankan lads dominated all three matches of the tie winning the two singles and doubles with straight set victories. Chathurya Nilaweera won the first singles beating Rikhil Mulani 6/0, 6/4 and Nelaka Dissanayake defeated Bill Yew Tang Chan 6/0, 6/2 in the second singles. Nelaka and Chathurya then paired off well to beat Singaporean pair Yew Tang Cha and Rikhil Mulani in the doubles match 6/1, 7/5 to seal a comfortable victory.

The Lankan boys will battle with Laos today in their second tie of the tournament, commencing at 8.30 am.

The victorious Lankan boys’ team included non playing captain/coach Sankha Atukorale, Chathurya Nilaweera, Nelaka Dissanayake, Wenuka Kithnula and Apna Perera.

In the other matches completed yesterday Malaysia beat Laos (2-1), Kuwait beat Saudi Arabia (2-1) and Philippines beat Pakistan (2-1).

The 14 & Under Junior Girls’ Team Championship Asia/Oceania Pre-qualify openers saw Lebanon and Kyrgyzstan making a clean sweep of their matches (3-0) over Malaysia and Mongolia respectively while Iran beat Singapore (2-1).

Sri Lanka is hosting back to back three ITF junior tennis events where 46 teams from 21 countries are taking part in four events until March 18 at SLTA courts.

The World Junior Team event will be followed by the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas (Under 16) Asia/ Oceania pre-qualifying events from March 10.

Two teams each from the World Junior Tennis boys’ and girls’ competitions as well as the Junior Davis Cup event and three teams from the Junior Fed Cup tournament will be selected to take part in the final qualifying round.

The Lanka Junior Davis Cup team consisted of Kavisha Ratnayake, Chathurya Nilaweera and Ashen Silva with Ganendran Subramaniam as the non playing captain. The host country’s Junior Fed Cup team includes Anjalika Kurera, Savini Jayasuriya and Oneli Perera with Thangarajah Dineshkanthan being the non playing captain.

The Referee for the event, Tony Glentworth of New Zealand is the referee for all four events with Sri Lankan Dharaka Ellawala as the Assistant Referee. The other officials include Sri Lankan white badge officials Dinusha Wijesuriya, Prasad Jayalatharachchi, Anjana de Silva and Avantha Suranimala as well as a number of National umpires. Amir Borghei and Jonathan Stubbs are the ITF representatives at the events.

Most Watched

Mumbai Indians appoint Malinga as bowling mentor

08 - February - 2018

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named bowling mentor of Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2018. Malinga, who has had a long-standing association wi.. Read more

Add New Comment   Share   3910 Views

India aim for 3-0 at South Africa's favourite ODI venue

06 - February - 2018

India find themselves in the same position that South Africa were in after two matches in the Test series - 2-0 up with a trophy in their sights - but ther.. Read more

Add New Comment   Share   3490 Views

Nidahas Trophy taught me a bitter lesson – Aravinda

05 - March - 2018

Former great Aravinda de Silva reminisces the 1998 Nidhas Trophy where he was adjudged the Player of the Series. There’s always pleasure in beating the b.. Read more

Add New Comment   Share   3050 Views

India vs South Africa 2018: MS Dhoni breaks T20 world record

19 - February - 2018

While the focus was on Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who fashioned India's 28-run win over South Africa in the first T20I on Sunday, MS Dhoni q.. Read more

Add New Comment   Share   2937 Views

Sri Lanka leave Malinga out of Nidahas Trophy

28 - February - 2018

Despite impressive returns in domestic cricket, fast bowler Lasith Malinga has failed to force his way back into Sri Lanka's T20 squad for the upcomin.. Read more

Add New Comment   Share   2749 Views