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Ajay Jayaram's dream run ends in disappointment at Korea final

Seoul: A fairytale ending eluded him as Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram's rampaging run was brought to a halt by defending champion and World No. 1 Chen Long of China in the final of the USD
PTI September 20, 2015 15:47 IST
PTI

Seoul: A fairytale ending eluded him as Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram's rampaging run was brought to a halt by defending champion and World No. 1 Chen Long of China in the final of the USD 600,000 Korea Open Super Series event here today.

After producing a giant-killing run to earn a maiden  Super Series final  appearance, Jayaram failed to breach the  Chinese wall as his fight ended with a 14-21 13-21 loss to the current world champion Long in a 40-minute men's singles final. 

En route to the summit showdown, Jayaram punched above his weight, stunning the likes of World No.6 Dane Viktor Axelsen, Japan's Sho Sasaki and Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen to set up a title clash with Long, an opponent he had lost to at the Hong Kong Open last year. 

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Jayaram, who is coached by Tom John in Bangalore, could not produce the same skill and tenacity that took him to the finals as he succumbed to a series of unforced errors to go down in his toughest test in the tournament and end runner up. 

Jayaram started with a smash but stumbled on a series of errors to lose points. Long was equally erratic in the beginning as both led 4-4 early on in the opening game.

Long, however, quickly regrouped and started dominating proceedings as his smashes got sharper and he thrived on the Indian's error to lead 9-5. 

Ajay Jayaram showed occasional sparks of brilliance and left Long completely stranded with a deceptive jump shot at 7-9 and with that clawed back at 9-9. 

However, Long produced two powerful smashes to go into the break with a two-point advantage. 

After a talk with chief coach Pullela Gopichand, Jayaram came up with a cross court smash but hit long next. The Chinese jumped and smashed in every opportunity he got, while Jayaram looked to accumulate point with some sharp deception.