Lone Indian survivor at the Korea Open, Ajay Jayaram ousted Japan’s Sho Sasaki to enter semi-finals of the tournament.
Hard fought victory for Ajay Jayaram
The Indian began the match strongly, winning the first set in a close encounter 21-19. The win in the first set seemed highly unlikely for Ajay Jayaram, as he was down 11-3 losing five points on the trot. Making a heroic comeback, Jayaram took the next eight points to draw level with the Japanese.
From that moment onward, the game never lost its charm, and had the thrills, the excitement and the valour to perform and not let the country down. Another four consecutive points in the final stages sealed the game for the Indian.
The second set began more positively for Ajay Jayaram; losing the first point the Indian took six consecutive points in an attempt to finish the game early. However that was not to be, as Sho Sasaki made a tremendous comeback to make the Indian bite the dust in the second set, winning 21-16, as the match went down to the wire in the third set and final set.
The contest continued evenly, with neither player giving consecutive points. The match till the very end continued almost evenly, with a point here and there. However, Jayaram took three consecutive points for the third time in the game to ensure his victory and book a place in the semis, winning 21-19, 16-21 and 21-16 in his three sets.
Ajay Jayaram will face the winner of the quarter final between Chou Tien Chen and Tian Houwei in the semi-finals.