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Buwaneka, Thilini win badminton crowns

Thilini Hendahewa-Buwaneka Goonetilleka
Thilini Hendahewa-Buwaneka Goonetilleka

Two of Sri Lanka’s most promising shuttlers, Buwaneka Goonetilleka and Thilini Hendahewa won the men’s and women’s singles championships respectively at the North Central Province (NCP) Open badminton tournament in Anuradhapura over the weekend.

Goonetilleka the second seed defeated top seeded Ranthushka Karunatilake in straight sets (21-14, 21-17) to clinch the singles title in style. He defeated Madhuka Dulanjana in the semi-final in a thrilling three setter (19-21, 21-7, 21-14).

The women’s final saw a battle between titans, the current and former national champions. Six-time national title holder and the defending champion Hendahewa beat a three-time national champion Achini Ratnasiri in the final 21-15, 21-18 to walk away with the singles crown.

Hendahewa defeated Kavindika Binari de Silva quite easily (21-12, 21-9) while Achini Ratnasiri outplayed second seeded Dilmi Dias 21-15, 21-14 in the semi-finals.

Over 1000 shuttlers were seen in action during the six-day event.

Results:

Men’s singles: Buwaneka Goonetilleka beat Ranthushka Karunatilake (21-17, 21-11)

Women’s singles: Thilini Hendahewa beat Achini Ratnasiri (21-15, 21-18)

Men’s Doubles: Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonetilleka beat Hasitha Chanaka and RS Kasun (21-16, 21-16)

Women’s Doubles: Achini Ratnasiri and Upuli Weerasinghe beat Kavindika Binari de Silva and Dilmi Dias (21-12, 21-12)

Mixed Doubles: Sachin Dias and Thilini Hendahewa beat Madhuka Dulanjana and Dilmi Dias (21-8, 21-15)

(U-11): Boys singles: Wedaka Gomes beat Samiru Ranasinghe (15-11, 15-9)

Girls singles: Nethmi Ratnayake beat Vishwanie Wanniarachchi (15-5, 15-8)

(U-13): Boys singles: Hiruka Sahanmith beat Thidasa Weragoda (15-10, 11-15, 15-10)

Girls singles: Sithuki Gunawardana beat Chiranya Jayawardana (15-9, 15-12)

Boys doubles: Pamith Attanayake and Thidasa Weragoda beat Rithira Abayagunawardena and Thenul Ganewatta (15-13, 10-15, 15-12)

Girls doubles: Sithuki Gunawardena and Komuthu Kumarapperuma beat Sandhathi Gallage and Chiranya Jayawardena (21-20, 11-15, 15-12)

(U-15): Boys singles: Sanjana Devasurendra beat Sineth Rupathunga (17-21, 21-16, 22-20)

Girls singles: Bhagya Mudalige beat Isuri de Alwis (22-20, 22-20)

Boys doubles: Iman Delpachithra and KBS Kaushalya beat Luwin Kodippili and Vidush Sumanadasa (21-16, 21-16)

Girls doubles: Maneesha Jayawardena and Samindi Kalanasooriya beat Irushi Gallage and Nethanga Vindini (21-10, 21-9)

(U-17): Boys singles: Dumindu Abeywickrama beat Nethmin Weerasekara (21-9, 21-11)

Girls singles: Vidara Vidanage beat Chamudi Abeywickrama (17-21, 21-11, 21-3)

Boys doubles: Madubanu Kariyawasam and Oshamika Karunaratne beat Dumindu Abeywickrama and Manura de Alwis (21-17, 11-21, 23-21)

Girls doubles: Suwani Muthumali and Vidara Vidanage beat Kivini Jayasooriya and Thisuni Liyanarachchi (21-16, 21-16)

(U-19): Boys singles: Thulith Palliyaguru beat Nadun Punchihewa (21-16, 19-21, 21-12)

Girls singles: Dilmi Dias beat Jananuwani Amanda (21-9, 21-9)

Boys doubles: Chamath Dias and Chirath Illeperumachchi beat Lochana de Silva and Thulith Palliyaguru (12-21, 21-16, 24-22)

Girls doubles: Dilmi Dias and Anurangi Masakorala beat Jananuwani Amanda and Chathuli Ishara (21-11, 21-11)

Men’s singles - Over 35: Kodithuwakku Hemantha (W/O)

Men’s singles - Over 40: Upendra Jayawardena beat Nihan Ranasinghe (21-13, 21-8)

Men’s doubles - Over 40: Subash Janaka and Duminda Jayakody beat Upendra Jayawardena and Sahan Pradeep (21-14, 21-15)

Men’s singles - Over 50: Clarence Homer w/o from Darshana Senarathna

Men’s doubles - Over 50: Clarence Homer and Darshana Senarathna beat Mangala Gamage and Kamal Gamlath (21-12, 21-10)

Men’s singles - Over 55: Rohan Fernando beat Jayath Wickramasinghe (21-15, 21-16)

Men’s singles - Over 60: Louis Karunaratne beat Parakrama Basnayake (21-15, 21-5)

Men’s doubles - Over 60: Rohan de Silva and Louis Karunaratne beat Parakrama Basnayake and WM Ariyasena (21-7, 21-17)

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