S M Jiffrey Abdeen – Kandy Sports Correspondent
Under 10 boys singles: Hiruna Warusawitharne (Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda) beat Yasiru Maleesha (Vidyartha College, Kandy) 13/11, 9/11, 11/7, 16/14.
Under 10 girls singles: Kavisha Kavindi (Dharmasoka College) beat Sanduni Prabuddhika (Prajapathi Gothami Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda) 4/11, 11/2, 6/11, 11/7, 11/9.
Under 12 boys single: Dewmith Weerasena (Lyceum International School, Nugegoda) beat Udesh Randika (Dudley Senanayake Central College, Tholangamuwa) 11/6, 4/11, 10/12, 11/9, 12/10.
Under 12 girls singles: Thanushi Rodrigo (Mahamaya Girls College, Kandy) beat Imasha de Silva (Dharmasoka College) 11/7, 11/13, 11/7, 6/11, 12/10.
Under 15 boys singles: Udaya Ranasinghe (Vidyartha College) beat Krishan Wickremaratne (Vidyartha College) 11/9, 11/7, 11/9.
Under 15 girls singles: Chamathsara Fernando (Girls High School Mount Lavinia) beat Pavani Sirisena (Maliyadeva Girls College, Kurunegala) 8/11, 11/9, 7/11, 13/11, 11/7.
Under 18 boys singles: Udaya Ranasinghe (Vidyartha College) beat Tilina Wijesiri (Vidyartha College) 11/9, 15/13, 11/8.
Under 18 girls singles: Erandi Warusawitharne (Dharmasoka College) beat Pavani Sirisena (Maliyadeva Girls College) 7/11, 11/3, 11/3, 11/6.
Mens open singles: Udaya Ranasinghe (Vidyartha College) beat Rohan Sirisena (Sri Lanka Air Force) 12/10, 12/10, 11/7, 11/8.
Womens open singles: Ishara Madurangi (Sri Lanka Air Force) beat Erandi Warusawitharne (Dharmasoka College) 11/9, 13/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/7.
Most Promising Player of the tournament (Girls), Kavisha Kavindi (Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda)
Most Promising Player of the tournament (Boys): Udesh Randika of Dudley Senanayake Central College, Tholangamuwa.
Fifteen-year-old Vidyartha College schoolboy won a triple crown at the third annual Butterfly all island ranking Table Tennis Championship worked off at the S. Thomas’ College Indoor Stadium in Mount Lavinia.
Udaya Ranasinghe displayed remarkable consistency in the three events in which he participated and gave him the triple crown. Udaya Ranasinghe first won the boys under 15 title defeating schoolmate Krishan Wickremaratne in three straight sets.
His second title win was in the boys under 18 singles where he beat schoolmate Tilina Wijesiri once again in three straight sets.
Then came the mens open singles and he was pitted against top seeded and Sri Lanka mens team captain Rohan Sirisena of Sri Lanka Air Force.
He was in such spanking form despite playing in three finals the same afternoon that he beat the experienced Rohan Sirisena in four straight sets. The mens open singles saw Udaya Ranasinghe (6 wins), Rohan Sirisena (6 wins), Nirmala Jayasinghe (4 wins), Indika Prasad (4 wins), Sahaneka Ganegoda (2 wins), Dinesh Deshapriya (2 wins), K S P Chalitha (4 wins) and Sajith Kavinda (no win) play in the quarter final stages with Udaya Ranasinghe and Rohan Sirisena qualifying for the finals.
Ishara Madurangi of Sri Lanka Air Force maintained her top position as the best in the championship for women by defeating 18-year-old school girl from Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda Erandi Warusawitharne 4-1 in the finals to win the womens open singles championship.
Ishara Madurangi who was unbeaten in the tournament and had 7 wins from the quarter final stage which played on a league basis. Erandi Warusawitharne followed with 6 wins to qualify for the finals.
This means that Ishara Madurangi got the better of Erandi Warusawitharne in the quarter final stage to remain unbeaten.
In the womens finals Ishara Madurangi won the first three sets but received a set back in the fourth set which Erandi Warusawitharne won 11/6 but Ishara completed victory in the fifth set.Pesu Pestonjee – Director Abans Limited who has done a lot to promote TT in the island was the Chief Guest and he distributed the awards.