India’s Ajay Jayaram stood a step away from his first title of the season as he made it to the finals of the Vietnam Open after defeating Japan’s Yu Igarashi in straight games in Ho Chin Minh city on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Indian, who is making a comeback after recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered last year, saw off seventh seed Igarashi 21-14, 21-19 in a 34-minute. Ajay, who had reached the finals at White Nights last month, will face Indonesia’s World No. 79 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in the finals of the USD 75,000 BWF Tour Super 100 tournament.
Shesar outwitted India’s Mithun Manjunath 21-17, 19-21, 21-14 in the other semi-final which that lasted 59 minutes.
Ajay, 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. After the break, the Indian 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 opened up a 4-1 lead initially but Ajay clawed his way back with three points. The duo went neck and neck after that before Jayaram held a 11-10 advantage at the breather. He then won five points on the trot to jump to a 16-11 lead. The Japanese again recovered to 18-19 but the Indian shut the door on his opponent to book the final berth.