Sri Lanka's Karunaratne Storms Uganda International Badminton Open Final

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Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratne is in line to defend his Uganda International Badminton Open men’s singles title after he stormed this year’s final at the MTN Arena on Saturday.

Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratne is in line to defend his Uganda International Badminton Open men’s singles title after he stormed this year’s final at the MTN Arena on Saturday.
The stylish Karunaratne humbled Malaysia’s Seng Zoe Yeoh 21-11, 21-15 in the quarter final before ejecting Slovakia’s Matej Hlinican 21-9, 21-8. He told URN that he is happy with his performance in this tournament were he has not lost a game yet.
In the second semi-final match, the All Africa Games Gold medal winner Jacob Maliekal from South Africa also qualified for the final. He had to dig to beat Nigeria’s Enejoh Abah 23-21, 20-22, 21-19. Maliekal had walked over Algeria’s Sabri Youcef Medel who preferred to concentrate on the Boys U-19 where he reached the final.
Trupti Murgunde from India also reached the women’s singles final after seeing off Nigeria’s Diana Adesokan in the semis. She will now face Sri Lanka’s Handu Nkuttihettige in the final on Sunday. Uganda’s top women’s top seed Shamim Bangi who lost to Murgunde in the quarter final said she was happy to reach the last eight where she is guaranteed of getting ranking points.
The men’s final on Sunday will be played between Malaysia’s pair of Quan Chun Chong/Zoe Seng Yeoh against South Africa’s Andries Malan/Willem Vijoen. The women’s doubles will be a Nigerian affair.
The event that concludes on Sunday attracted played from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Algeria, Zambia, Egypt, Nigeria, Botswana, India, Sri Lanka, Slovakia and Australia.