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Ajay Jayaram: Knew it was going to be hard going into the final

New Delhi: Ajay Jayaram has been in fantastic form at the Korea Open, making his maiden Superseries final appearance in Seoul. But the Indian shuttler's challenge fell flat in front of World No 1 Chen Long of China, losing in straight games yesterday.

India's Ajay Jayaram (left) and Chen Long of Chine pose with the silver and gold medal respectively. Pic/AFP
India's Ajay Jayaram (left) and Chen Long of Chine pose with the silver and gold medal respectively. Pic/AFP 

The reigning double World Champion took just 39 minutes to beat Jayaram 21-14, 21-13 in the men's singles summit clash to be crowned the champion at the SK Handball Stadium. This was Chen's second win over the World No 32 Indian in as many meetings.

"I knew it was going to be hard going into the finals. I started well by mixing my attack from the back and the net. But he got back more shuttles than I expected. So I found it difficult to sustain the pressure," Mumbai's Jayaram told IANS.

"I did have a couple of chances which I felt I couldn't capitalise on. All credit to Chen Long. I am definitely a little disappointed that I couldn't go all the way."

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