Jayaram loses to Chen Long in Korea Open final

Seoul, Sep 20 (IANS) Ajay Jayaram has been in fantastic form at the Korea Open, making his maiden Superseries final appearance. But the Indian shuttler’s challenge fell flat in front of World No.1 Chen Long of China, losing in straight games here on Sunday.

The reigning double World Champion took just 39 minutes to beat Jayaram 21-14, 21-13 in the men’s singles summit clash and be crowned champion at the S.K. Handball Stadium. This was Chen’s second win over the World No.32 Indian in as many meetings.

Mumbai’s Jayaram showed some energy with a couple of cross court smashes at the start of the contest. But from 9-all, the top seed showed who is the boss, slowly extending his lead and winning 12 of the next 17 points to seal the game in his favour.

The second game was completely dominated by the Chinese, racing away to a 19-9 lead. It was only a matter of time before he pocketed his fifth Superseries title of the year.

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