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Ajay Jayaram vs Huang Yuxiang Korea Open Second Round Live Updates Online

Updated: 29 September 2016 12:37 IST - Published: 29 September 2016 11:13 IST
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He is thus the only Indian to advance to the quarter-finals.

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FINAL SCORE: 21-15, 21-18 for Ajay Jayaram

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Jayaram ends with a superb smash that Yuxiang had no answer to.

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Yuxiang saves two as he extracts errors from Ajay,.

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But he cannot prevent Jayaram from reaching match point at 20-16

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Yuxiang comes back hard and ends with a fantastic smash down the line to close in on 16-19

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Jayaram concedes an error to still maintain his lead of 18-15

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The pace and intensity of the game have picked up. Both are speeding through the shots now and Yuxiang has closed in on 14-16

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An excellent rally that saw both players grinding it out ends with the Chinese grabbing the point through an angular drop.

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Yuxiang also squanders his golden opportunity with some errors at the net and he now trails Ajay, 12-16

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A crucial service error from the Indian puts the Chinese back into this game at 12-14

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His shot lands long and Ajay is now ahead by 14-10

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His persistent efforts are paying off and he has now cut down the lead to 9-13.

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After the break, the Chinese is making more forays into the net and showing some impressive footwork in the forecourt. He now trails 7-12.

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But badminton is such a sport where a few points can change fortunes. Jayaram needs to be careful if he wants to finish in two.

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Jayaram looks to be in firm control with a solid lead of 11-6 at the interval

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And he has extended it further to 10-5 now.

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Yuxiang's error count keeps on mounting and Jayaram looks to be in the driver's seat with a 9-4 lead.

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Yuxiang is finding it hard to time his returns with Jayaram pouncing hard with his jump smashes. 

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Jayaram's fast pace and supreme movement around the court continue to bother the Chinese who concedes a few vital points to trail 2-5.

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The initial exchanges are error-riddled from both the players and they are now tied at 2-2

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But Ajay converts on his very next chance to take the opener, 21-15

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Yuxiang saves one with some gutsy play.

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Ajay has reached game point now at 20-14.

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The Indian maintains his slender lead and is now at 17-14

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Ajay's aggressive display is doing the trick along with some controlled defensive play. He cannot afford to relax though as Yuxiang did reach the final of the Indonesian Masters just a few days back. 

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Ajay extends the lead to 16-12.

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Jayaram is looking extremely focussed and is in total control of the proceedings. He is now ahead 14-10.

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It is now a 3-point gap as Ajay is ahead by 12-9.

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And he keeps on bagging the points for an 11-7 lead at the interval.

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Jayaram now starting to assert himself and he grabs the next two points to jump to 9-7.

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The two are tied at 7-7 now

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Ajay, however, soon wrestles back the momentum to take the next two points to lead 7-6

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Once more the rallies are getting longer and this time, it is Yuxiang who comes out on top. He leads 6-5.

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The early exchanges are once more hard-fought and the two are locked at 4-4

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That rattles Yuxiang who quickly concedes the next point as well.

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It is a long rally and Ajay's defensive skills are shining bright. He levels 2-2

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The Chinese takes a slim lead of 2-1 

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Jayaram and Yuxiang's match is about to begin as the earlier match has just finished.

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There is still some more time to go for this match as the preceding match on Court 1 is into a decider now.

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Jayaram and the 34th ranked Yuxiang met just once before last year. There the Indian emerged victorious in straight games. Can he repeat that result?

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World No. 28 Ajay Jayaram is now India's last hope at this tournament following the exit of B Sai Praneeth earlier in the morning in the second round. 

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Good morning and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the Korea Open Superseries.