Ajay Jayaram has reached the final of the Korea Open after defeating seventh seeded Chinese Taipei player, Chou Tien Chen in straight sets to set up a date with top seed Chen Long from China. The Indian shuttler came up with a terrific game to clinch the match in straight sets, 21-19, 21-15 on Saturday.
Jayaram seems to be in top form after his first round victory over Viktor Axelsen, after which the player has not looked back at all. The Indian was very strong in his defense against Chou Tien Chen, who played an aggressive game, but failed to score crucial points.
Jayaram, who was aware of the big smashes from Tien Chen, had answers to all of his offensive shots, which played an important role in helping the Indian emerge victorious.
However, Jayaram was very impressive at the net as he was taking the shuttle very early and taking the game to Tien Chen, who was stunned with some of the defensive cross court shots that he produced during the match. It was in fact, an all round performance by the Indian shuttler who was also impressive from the baseline with his smashes and also caught Tien Chen flat footed.
The unseeded Indian, though, needs to come up with better line judgement during the finals against Chen Long, who has been in top form. Jayaram will be eager to carry his momentum and give his best, which could also lead to a title win if he can deliver his A class performance.