TWO new champions, ONE epic comeback, highlights final day

Absolute thrill, coaches were expecting it. Spectators were expecting it. Sporting gods were expecting. And the players duly delivered it. After two days of magnificent ball playing, Inter University Tennis Championship concluded crowning Colombo and Moratuwa as the new Kings and Queens.

If day one was the detonator, day 2 was the bomb. All the excitement and excellent game play from day 1 was carried and doubled on the final day. In the first women’s semifinal, Jayawardenapura swiftly killed Sabaragamuwa hopes with an easy 3 -1 victory. In the very next table, Colombo and Moratuwa were fighting furiously for a spot in the final. Moratuwa girls came on top and beat Colombo 3 – 1.

Men’s Semifinal saw Jayawardenapura again displaying their TT dominance by defeating Kelaniya 3 matches to 1. The match between Moratuwa and Colombo had the same score line in favor of Colombo. The last and most notable doubles game between Dewram Galgamuwa/ Chirath Madurapperuma and Mewan Abeywickrama/Hashan Weerakoon was a 5-set thriller.

Finals were pure magic. First women’s singles ended up making top raked Nuwani Vithanage as the winner. Second singles, unarguably the match of the entire competition, saw Kavindi Sahabandu of Moratuwa making an epic winning comeback against Thiruni Atapattu after 2 sets down and demoralizing the entire Jayawardenapura team. Unfortunately for Moratuwa, they could not ride on that wave as Jayawardenapura won the next two games to take the finals into a deciding 5th game. But Kavindi Sahabandu and Shashini Karunasena were not in a mood for any upset as they defeated their Jayawardenapura counterparts to take home the trophy.

Men’s finals had the same fate. After defeating Moratuwa in the semis, Colombo players were in high spirits. Having a relatively easy path to the finals, Jayawardenapura players were relaxed. After taking turns in winning for 4 matches, Colombo made the final blow by winning the second and deciding doubles match. They were not shy to show their feelings all over the Ruhuna gymnasium.

A six-year title drought for Colombo ended in fine fashion.

A brilliantly organized and executed event ended with great memories.

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

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