Pariyar, Koirala clinch titles

Kathmandu, May 5

Former champion Jitendra Pariyar and defending champion Prerana Koirala won singles titles of the sixth Citizens Bank Open Tennis Tournament today.

In men’s category final, Pariyar defeated Kamal Bhandari 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, while Koirala outplayed Ira Rawat in women’s category final. Koirala won the first set 6-3 and was leading 3-0 in the second set Rawat pulled out on medical grounds. The winners and runners-up in both the sections got Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively.

On Friday, the pair of Pariyar and Khatri had won men’s doubles title, while Krishna Raj Ghale won the above-45 veteran singles event. Ghale, who teamed up with Suwarna Dhakwa, won above-45 veteran doubles title as well. In above-35 veteran doubles, Shree Ram Magar and Sobhitman Shrestha bagged gold medal, while duo of Manoj Rana and Chhyamba Dandup  won above-55 veteran doubles title.

A total of 135 players competed in 11 different events of the tournament organised by Kathmandu District Lawn Tennis Association under the sponsorship of Citizens Bank.