Sri Lanka's Karunaratne Wins Uganda Open Title

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The Sri Lankan player Karunaratne recaptured the mens singles title he won in 2012 when he beat Portugals Pedro Martins 21-17, 21-15 in the final played at the MTN Arena, Lugogo on Sunday.

Niluka Karunaratne has won the men's singles title of the 2016 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship.

The Sri Lankan player Karunaratne recaptured the men's singles title he won in 2012 when he beat Portugal's Pedro Martins 21-17, 21-15 in the final played at the MTN Arena, Lugogo on Sunday.

He later paired with his younger brother Diluka Karunaratne to beat Egypt's pair of Ahmed El Khateeb and Ahmed Kashkal 21-17, 21-17 in the men's doubles final.

Portugal's Telma Santos also won the women's title after beating Africa's top seed Kate Foo Kune (Mauritius) 21-10, 21-12. The mixed doubles final was won by Ahmed Kashkai and Hadia Hosny (Egypt) who beat Jordan's Mustafa Nayef and Leina Fehmi 21-16, 16-21, 21-11. Zambia's Ogar Siamupangila paired with Nigeria's top player Grace Gabriel and lost the women's doubles final to Cemre Fere and Ebru Yazgan (Turkey) 21-15, 21-17.

Uganda's Netherlands based player Edwin Ekiring who lost in the second round of the event said he will return to his base and work hard. "I am still targeting Olympics qualification and hard work continues," he told URN.

The tournament sanctioned by the World Badminton body attracted over 50 foreign players.