Indians out of contention in Chinese Taipei Open as Ajay Jayaram loses the quarter-finals

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Indians out of contention in Chinese Taipei Open as Ajay Jayaram loses the quarter-finals

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SportsCafe Desk

10/06/2018

India's campaign at the Chinese Taipei Open came to an end at the quarter final stage as Ajay Jayaram was beaten by Malaysian Lee Zii Jia in straight games of 16-21, 9-21. With the Denmark Open and French Open scheduled for later this month, many top shuttlers had decided to skip the event.

Both Jayaram and Lee Zia Jia kept each other close in the opening exchanges of the quarter final clash with the Indian leading the Malaysian by a solitary point at the midgame interval. However, that is as good as it got for the Indian veteran as Lee grabbed the initiative by taking the next five points to open a four point lead. It was a matter of time from then on and the Malaysian sealed the first game by a relatively easy margin of 21-16.

The second game was a sorry one for Ajay as he was nowhere close to Lee as far as the scores are concerned. After leveling at 4-4, Lee went on to take seven more points on the trot to open up a huge seven point lead at the break. From then on it was only going to be a matter of time before the Malaysian completed the rout.

While there was no representation in mixed and women’s doubles category from India. In women’s Singles Sai Uttejitha Rao ,Chukka Mugdha Agrey, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli were of no help either, as they lost their respective matches in earlier matches.

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