Ajay Jayaram’s birthday cake would taste extra sweet today. The Chennai-born shuttler just got back from Seoul, and boy is he happy! With a stupendous performance in the the Korean Open Super Series, Jayaram climbed seven places in rankings. In other news, Gurusaidutt is still trying to find his rhythm after a string of injuries. Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy bagged the Belgian International, while Saina Nehwal won over the internet with her tweets with SRK. This, and much more in this edition of Badminton Weekly.
Ajay Jayaram: Chinese wall too strong to breach
The Korean Open finals saw Ajay Jayaram, playing his first-ever Super Series final, lose to World No.1 Chen Long 14-21, 13-21. The 28 year old climbed seven places in world rankings after the championship, to be placed 25th.
Jayaram beat 6th seed Viktor Axelsen in the first round 21-15, 21-15, upsetting the predictions of the pundits. Chinese star Vincent Wong, ranked 25th, became the Indian’s next victim, going down to him 21-17, 21-15, 21-15.
PV Sindhu, who had caused a major upset in the first round of the series with a three set victory over 3rd seed Ratchanok Intanon, couldn’t continue the good run, going down to Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi 16-21, 13-21.
Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy: The golden duo
In the Belgian International challenge, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy, who had earlier this year taken second position in the US Open, beat Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha 22-20, 19-21, 22-20 in the finals. The duo however went down to their Polish rivals in today’s Prague Open finals.
RMV Gurusaidutt: Plagued by injuries
Commonwealth Games bronze medalist RMV Gurusaidutt would look to try and return to his winning ways after injuries kept him away from the court. The Hyderabadi recently said he planned to participate in the Dutch Open (to be held from the 6th of October), and the Bulgarian Grand Prix (September 30- October 3rd).