Sri Lanka qualify for World Team Cup at wheelchair tennis | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka qualify for World Team Cup at wheelchair tennis

D. Gamini, DS Dharmasena and RALS Ranweera with coach Jagath Welikala
D. Gamini, DS Dharmasena and RALS Ranweera with coach Jagath Welikala

The Sri Lankan wheelchair tennis team comprising D. Gamini, DS Dharmasena and RALS Ranweera participated in the Asian Oceania qualifying round for the World Team Cup held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and secured their passage.

Malaysia, China, Australia, Iraq, Thailand and Sri Lanka battled to gain entry to the world Cup qualifying round in three groups according to their rankings. Group One consisted of China, Australia and Sri Lanka while Group Two had Malaysia, Thailand and Iraq.

Sri Lanka played their first game against China and came out with flying colours with Gamini defeating China’s Chaco du 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 and Dharmasena beating Juan Doing in straight sets 6-2, 6-0 to win their Singles.

Sri Lanka’s doubles pair of Dharmasena and Ranaweera lost to Ji Jung and Juga Dong but their win was not sufficient for them to go further as Sri Lanka won the first round 2-1.

This victory for Sri Lanka helped them to play Round Two against Australia which was the decider to make their way to play the winners of Group Two, Malaysia.

Playing Australia the Sri Lankan trio came up with another brilliant performance to post a 2-1 win. On their way to these victories Gamini beat Martin Dunn in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 while Dharmasena lost to Ben Weeks 2-6, 6-4, 2-6 and in the doubles Dharmasena and S. Ranaweera defeated Martin Dunn and Ben Weeks in a tough three setter 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

Sri Lanka finishing on top of Group One had to confront the top team Malaysia the leaders in Group Two as it was the decider to select the team for the World Cup.

In the second game of Round Two against Malaysia the Sri Lankans won 2-0 to qualify for the World Cup. On their way to victory Gamini beat Abu Samah 6-2, 6-2 while Dharmasena defeated Yousouf 6-2, 6-4 to seal victory for Sri Lanka.

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