Guyanaga and Jithmie only Lankans in contention
Guyanaga Weerasekara, eighth seeded and girls top seed Jithmie
Jayawickrame are the only Sri Lankan players to survive the final stages
of the 25th International Tennis Federation Championships now in
progress at the SSC, courts, Colombo.
Weerasekara defeated Tachi Rytoto of Japan easily in a two setter in
the semi finals (6/0,6/2) to book his place in the final with seed
number six Elliot Barnwell of England.
In the other semi final E. Barnwell ended the promising run of
Michael Siyaguna, seeded seventh in straight sets (6/1, 6/3). The latter
staged a major upset in his previous match by outclassing the top seed
Chun Min Yam who is from Hong Kong.
The other Sri Lankan prospect Jithmie Jayawickrame cruised to the
semi finals when she beat seed number six Yoko Nagai of Japan after a
well contested encounter. After conceding the first set at 5/7
Jayawickrame put up an improved performance to take the other two sets
in a row 7/5 and built a huge 6/1 lead in the decider.
Another lankan hope Nilupul Goonasekara, seeded seventh went down
fighting to Shwetha Rana of neighbouring India, fourth seeded in a three
Unseeded Natalla Khaniejo of India created a sensation when she
posted a straight set win over seed number three Amritha Muttiah of Sri
Other results: Boys Doubles quarter finals: Michael Siyaguna and
Dineshkanthan Thangarajah beat Dihruv Gurwara and Boworn Hudson 6/0,
6/1, Guyanaga Weerasekara and Upasama Hewacottage beat Christin Lee and
Ken i Low 6/3, 6/4. (girls quarter finals) Jithmie Jayawickrame and
Adella Boey beat Kemali Herath nd Sherene Wijesinghe 6/1,6/2, Amritha
Muttiah and Natalia Khaniejo beat Nilupul Goonasekara and Shenali
Weerasekara 6/4, 6/2.