Jayaram enters Vietnam Open final

Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram got the better of seventh seed Yu Igarashi to reach the final of the Vietnam Open.

Ajay Jayaram will have a chance at winning his first title of the season when he takes on Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in the final of the Vietnam Open on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

India’s Ajay Jayaram saw off seventh seed Yu Igarashi 21-14, 21-19 to reach the the finals of the Vietnam Open on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Indian, who is making a comeback from a hamstring injury he suffered last year, will now have a chance at winning his first title of the season. He will face Indonesia’s World No. 79 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in the finals of the USD 75,000 BWF Tour Super 100 tournament.

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Shesar, who had won four consecutive Indonesia International tournament, outwitted India’s Mithun Manjunath 21-17, 19-21, 21-14 in the other semifinal.

Jayaram, a former World No. 13, was clinical in the opening game as he kept distancing himself from his rival after opening up a slender 3-1 lead at the start. He held a 11-8 advantage at the interval. He then jumped to a 15-8 lead by reeling off five straight points. Igarashi tried to make a comeback but the Indian continued to march ahead to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Igarashi took a 4-1 lead initially but Jayaram clawed his way back with three points. The duo went neck and neck after that before Jayaram held a 11-10 advantage and then won five points on the trot to jump to a 16-11 lead. The Japanese recovered to make the scoreline 18-19 but the Indian held his composure to clinch the tie.