A fairytale finale eluded him as Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram’s violent run was brought to a hindrance by fortifying champion and World No. 1 Chen Long of China in a final of a USD 600,000 Korea Open Super Series eventuality here today.
After producing a giant-killing run to acquire a lass Super Series final appearance, Jayaram unsuccessful to crack a Chinese wall as his quarrel finished with a 14-21 13-21 detriment to a stream universe champion Long in a 40-minute men’s singles final.
En track to a limit showdown, Jayaram punched above his weight, overwhelming a likes of World No. 6 Dane Viktor Axelsen, Japan’s Sho Sasaki and Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen to set adult a pretension strife with Long, an competition he had mislaid to during a Hong Kong Open final year.
Jayaram, who is coached by Tom John in Bangalore, could not furnish a same ability and persistence that took him to a finals as he succumbed to a array of spontaneous errors to go down in his toughest exam in a contest and finish curtain up.
Jayaram started with a pound though stumbled on a array of errors to remove points. Long was equally haphazard in a commencement as both led 4-4 early on in a opening game. Long, however, fast regrouped and started winning record as his smashes got crook and he thrived on a Indian’s blunder to lead 9-5.
Jayaram showed occasional sparks of luminosity and left Long totally stranded with a false burst shot during 7-9 and with that clawed behind during 9-9. However, Long constructed dual absolute smashes to go into a mangle with a two-point advantage.
After a speak with arch manager Pullela Gopichand, Jayaram came adult with a cranky justice pound though strike prolonged next. The Chinese jumped and crushed in each event he got, while Jayaram looked to amass indicate with some pointy deception.