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Ajay Jayaram loses in semi-finals of US Open badminton

India’s Ajay Jayaram lost to Dutchman Mark Caljouw 21-13, 23-21 in the semi-finals of the US Open badminton tournament.

other sports Updated: Jun 17, 2018 19:14 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Fullerton
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Ajay Jayaram lost to Mark Caljouw in straight games in the semi-finals of the US Open badminton tournament. (AFP)

Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram suffered a straight-game loss to The Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw in the semi-finals of the USD 150,000 US Open BWF World Tour Super 300 badminton tournament, on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Indian lost 13-21 21-23 to sixth seed Mark in the men’s singles semis that lasted 36 minutes at the Fullerton Titan Gym.

Jayaram, who had suffered a hamstring injury during the Senior Nationals Championship last year that saw him slip from world no 13 in September to current ranking of 134, was no match for Mark in the opening game.

The Dutch shuttler quickly jumped to a 11-3 lead at the breather and kept his nose ahead after the break to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Mark once again grabbed a 11-7 lead at the interval but Jayaram fought back to turn the tables at 13-12 and again held a slender 18-16 lead at one stage.

However, Mark kept breathing down his neck and eventually sealed the contest to reach the finals.

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 17:07 IST