Jayaram crashes out of US Open

The World number 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.

Jayaram 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 in the first game.   -  NAGARA GOPAL (File Photo)

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 today.

The World number 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 before Tsuneyama sealed the issue in his favour with seven points straight.