Ajay Jayaram, a talented Indian Men’s Singles player, proved his worth over his team-mate Sourabh Varma in the first-round contest at the India Open Super Series at New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, April 25.
Jayaram, who is top shuttler in India in Men’s Singles category, knew that playing against his compatriot Sourabh would be tough as both shuttlers were aware of each other’s tactics.
Both shuttlers are considered among the most promising and talented youngsters in the arena of badminton as they have been playing remarkable badminton for the last couple of years.
However, in their meeting at the India Open, the World Number 27 Jayaram managed to prove his worth by dominating the pace of rallies and ended the match in rubber games.
Sourabh played well and also took the second set but failed to manipulate the loopholes of his higher ranked compatriot in the deciding game and bowed down to him with a decent margin.
The in-form Jayaram overpowered Sourabh after an interesting fight and took the contest with an entertaining margin of 21-15, 17-21 and 21-11.
After winning the match, Jayaram was happy as being the top seed in India, he was under pressure.
Nevertheless, he played with precision while remaining composed and focused in the game and won the fight with a decent score on the board.
He said, "I was under pressure going into the match. I knew it would be a tough match and I had to work hard to win it and I am glad that I could do the job. I tried too many things in the second game. Actually I was in a hurry to finish the match but I calmed myself down in time during the third game."
He added, "Sourabh is very solid in his defence and it is better to finish off the match in two games. I knew that I have to take the initiative in the match."
In the Men’s Singles second round, Jayaram will be up against the top seed and World Number One Lee Chong Wei who tamed Hsuan Yi Hsueh of Chinese Taipei in his opening round clash.