Ajay Jayaram wins Dutch Open title

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Ajay Jayaram bags Dutch Open as his maiden Grand Prix title

Almere: Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram clinched the $50,000 Dutch Open Grand Prix on Sunday, beating Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 10-11, 11-6, 11-7, 1-11, 11-9 in the men’s singles final which lasted 46 minutes to bag his maiden Grand Prix title at the Topsportcentrum Almere.Ajay Jayaram bags Dutch Open as his maiden Grand Prix title

Jayaram got off to a bad start, losing the closely-contested first game 10-11. But he came back strongly to pocket the next two games easily 11-6, 11-7, before losing it completely in the fourth game to lose 1-11.

However, Jayaram regained his concentration and showed tremendous fighting ability to wrap up the final game 11-9 to claim his first Grand Prix title.

Coach Vimal Kumar said it was a creditable performance from Jayaram and good for Indian badminton.

“Jayaram has had injuries in recent times. Despite that, he has won a Grand Prix title. It’s his career-best performance and I congratulate him,” Vimal said.

“This is good for Indian badminton as the country has now got some players who can win tournament of Grand Prix level and above. I had always thought that Jayaram has got the capability to win this kind of tournaments,” added Vimal.

BWF has been trying out the 11 x 5 new scoring system in the Grand Prix level and will have a final review at the new system next month.

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