Jayaram, Sourabh eye good run at NZ Open
Auckland: After recovering from their respective injuries, Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Sourabh Verma will look to regain touch and form when they compete at the USD 150,000 New Zealand Super 300 tournament starting here on Tuesday.
Jayaram, who returned to action at the China Masters early this month after recovering from a hamstring injury that took nearly eight months to heal, opens his campaign against fourth seed Hsu Jen Hao from Chinese Taipei.
"It's been very long recovery process for me. I played in China but it didn't go well. But my leg seemed fine. Last two weeks training has gone better. So, hopefully these two tournaments would turn out better for me," Jayaram, who was world no. 15 in July last year, said.
"I am trying not to expect too much and just enjoy the game. I've been in this situation before and know that it's important to give yourself time to get back to form."
Sourabh, who had suffered an ankle injury after Swiss Open, will make a comeback at the event taking on Australia's Abhinav Manota in the opening round.
"After Swiss open, I got injured while training in India. It was an ankle injury. But now I'm fit again to play," he said.