Paddlers began their journey

New gymnasium of Ruhuna University was electrified with motivated voices as Inter University Table Tennis Competition commenced yesterday (16th September). After a short opening ceremony, preliminary rounds began.

Preliminary Rounds were quiet and without much fuzz as the top ranked men’s and women’s teams easily cruised to the quarterfinal except one match.

The match between hot favorite Moratuwa and ever so consistent Jayawardenapura was a 3 hour – heart stopping - nerve wracking roller coaster. Supporters of the two teams were seen more tired with continuous cheering after SJP caused the first upset of the tournament by defeating Moratuwa. But both teams went safely into quarters with easy wins over lower ranked teams.

Evening session began with quarterfinals. Men’s quarterfinals went on as predicted. Kelaniya, Moratuwa and Jayawardenapura qualified for the semifinals by defeating Ruhuna, Wayamba and Jaffna respectively. Colombo given a run for their money as Peradeniya refused to be defeated. But at the end, Colombo was too much as their last doubles pair easily beat their Peradeniya counterparts 3 sets to nil.

Women’s quarterfinals also saw the same universities dominating and qualifying for semifinals. Day 2 promises more excitement.

Quarterfinal Results

Colombo defeated Peradeniya 3 -2
Moratuwa defeated Wayamba 3 – 0
Jayawardenapura defeated Jaffna 3 – 0
Kelaniya defeated Ruhuna 3 – 1

Jayawardenapura defeated Jaffna 3 – 1
Colombo defeated Wayamba 3 – 0
Mora defeated Ruhuna 3 – 1

Article by:Archanath Dickwella
Edited by:Kasuni Harshika
Sponsored by:Millennium IT

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