El Monte (USA): India's Ajay Jayaram crashed out of the US Open after suffering a straight-game loss to Japan's Kanta Tsuneyama in the men's singles semi-finals of the Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here yesterday.
The World No 22 and fourth seed Jayaram could not match the intensity of his rival and lost 10-21, 14-21 in 33 minutes at Los Angeles Badminton Club.
The 28-year-old Indian could not step up his game against the Japanese, who led 4-2 at the start and then broke off at 6-6 and never looked back. From 8-7, Tsuneyama reeled off 10 straight points to create a huge gap, which Jayaram could not bridge.
In the second game, Jayaram put up a better show and opened up a slender 3-1 led early on but the Japanese started to make life difficult for the Indian.
The duo fought till 14-14 when Tsuneyama sealed the issue in his favour with seven points straight.