Ajay Jayaram bows out of Malaysia Open
Shuttler Ajay Jayaram lost to South Korean fifth seed Son Wan Ho in the men's singles quarter-finals to bring an end to India's campaign at the Malaysia Open Superseries here on Friday.
World No. 20 Jayaram, the lone Indian to have crossed the first-round barrier of the tournament, was handed a 18-21, 14-21 defeat in 37 minutes by Son. The Indian had a tough beginning, trailing 5-11 at the mid-game break in the first game. He showed stomach for fight as he reduced the deficit to one at 13-14. However, Son edged ahead to hold a 17-13 advantage but Jayaram battled back to equalise at the 17-point mark.
At this crunch time, world No.5 Son showed his quality to snatch three consecutive points to take the first game 21-18. The second game was more closely fought at the beginning, with the Indian trailing 8-11. After the break, Son pulled ahead as he stepped up the gas, aided by Jayaram's unforced errors. A 17-9 lead meant that the game was buried as Son had it easy to canter to a 21-14 facile win to enter the semi-finals.
The women's singles semi-finals match-ups will be Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying facing South Korean Sung ji Hyun and Spanish star Carolina Marin taking on Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.