Vietnam Open 2018: Indian Shuttler Ajay Jayaram Enters Final

| August 12 , 2018 , 14:03 IST

Indian star and former World No. 13 shuttler Ajay Jayaram continued his brilliant performance in the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open 2018 as the shuttler inched closer to his first title of this season after he entered the final of the tournament at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Saturday.

Jayaram outplayed Japan's Yu Igarashi in straight games with a scoreline of 21-14, 21-19 in just 34 minutes to set up a summit clash with Indonesia's World No. 79 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.

Former India No.1 had met Rhustavito only once before, at the Thailand Open in 2013. The 30-year-old Indian was playing his second comeback tournament after recovering from a hamstring injury last year.

Former World No. 13 Jayaram, was clinical in the 1st game as he kept maintaining the lead over his opponent to make the score count on 3-1 at the start.

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The Indian shuttler continued with his momentum to make the score 11-8 till the interval. Even after the break, Jayaram spiralled to extend the lead by five straight points with a scoreline of 15-8. Igarashi tried hard to make a comeback but the Indian continued to march ahead of his opponent.

In the 2nd game, Japanese shuttler started in a positive fashion and also managed to gain a lead initially with a scoreline of 4-1. But Jayaram held his nerves and fought back with 3 points.

Both the players fought for each and every point but it was Jayaram who overtook his rival with a score of 11-10 till the break. The Indian shuttler again dominated Yu Igarashi and collected five points on the trot to count the score 16-11.

The Japanese opponent again tried to come back and also succeeded to recover with a scoreline of 18-19 but the Jayaram proved way too much for him as the Indian shuttler responded with some quick-fire shots to wrap up the deal and the match as well with a score of 21-19.

Jayaram had once again reached to a final and will be eager to win his first international title since triumphing at the Dutch Open in 2015.

This is the third time in as many weeks that an Indian will be fighting for a title in a badminton event.