Indian Badminton Weekly: Ajay Jayaram Triumphs

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The triumph of Ajay Jayaram at the Dutch Open proved to be the major news from the Indian badminton scene last week.

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Ajay Jayaram

Ajay Jayaram, who was seeded third in the Dutch Open Badminton tournament, went home with the championship for the second year in a row. Ajay had a comfortable run throughout the tournament. He started off the campaign by defeating Mark Caljouw. Fabian Roth was his victim in the second round.

Ajay Jayaram cruises through the tournament

The Indian badminton ace then defeated Kasper Lehikoinen in the pre-quarters. Ajay was faced with a major challenge in the quarter finals when he went head to head with Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin. The match stretched to three games and the final score read 21-19, 18-21, 21-14 in favour of the Indian.

Goh Soon Huat was next in line to face Ajay and it proved to be another comfortable win for the Indian. The final saw Ajay face Raul Must of Estonia and just like the majority of his matches in the tournament, he took home the title with a straight games win. The score in the final was 21-12, 21-18.

Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy reach Finals

Another encouraging performance for India from the Dutch Open was that of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy. The doubles pair managed to reach the final of the tournament but lost out to Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan of Malaysia 15-21 10-21 in the final.

Elsewhere, RMV Gurusaidutt reached the quarterfinals of the tournament but Sai Praneeth was knocked out in the second round. In the Women’s category, PC Thulasi reached the second round before exiting. Next stop for the Indian players will be the Denmark Super Series tournament where Ajay Jayaram, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal will lead the pack.

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