Ajay Jayaram is now into the semi-finals. The final score of his quarter-final win: 21-15, 21-18
That unsettles the Brazilian. He can only watch as Jayaram finishes the match in style, winning the second game 21-18.
Now Ajay is asserting himself through some brilliant movement around the court and great shot-making. He finally has the lead, albeit by a slim margin of 18-17.
And Jayaram has levelled it to 16-16 just like the champion he is!
Ajay trying his best to reduce the deficit but the Brazilian still has the lead, 16-14.
It is a different match on resumption. From 12-12, the Brazilian has broken away to lead 15-12.
Jayaram manages to defuse the Oliveira challenge and takes a slim lead of 11-10 at the mid-game interval.
Oliveira is not intimidated by Ajay's progress. From 6-10 down, the Brazilian has equalled the score, 10-10. That is quite impressive from the World No. 62!!
Jayaram has now built a 4-point lead, 8-4 and has extended it further, 9-5.
Jayaram is efficiently creating pressure on his lower-ranked opponent. Currently, Jayaram is ahead 6-2.
And yes, it is the same aggressive Jayaram in the second game. He has broken free from a tie to surge to 4-2.
Can Jayaram continue with the same momentum in the second game?
Jayaram grabs the opener, 21-15
But this is Jayaram's happy hunting ground where he has won the last two years. He knows when to apply the pressure on his opponent. Ajay has control of the game again and inches ahead to 20-14.
Once more the Brazilian is putting in some determined display as he stops the Jayaram charge at least for some time. Oliveira now at 14-18.
Oliveira is trying to mount a comeback now. He has closed the gap to 13-16.
There is no stopping the two-time defending champion. Ajay is completely in control of the proceedings now as Oliveira is turned into a mere spectator. Jayaram dominating the match after the lemon break and races ahead to 16-8, grabbing five consecutive points after the interval.
The Indian has now wrested the momentum away from his Brazilian opponent. Ajay surges ahead to 9-7 and takes an 11-8 lead at the mid-game interval.
The match has begun and the initial exchanges are hard-fought. Both giving their all and the game is currently level at 7-7.
The preceding doubles match has just headed to a third game. We have to wait for some more minutes for Jayaram's match.
The Dutch Open holds a special place in Ajay Jayaram's heart. He won it the last two years and this time he is the top seed. Jayaram has looked confident so far as he keeps his eyes on his third title at this tournament. He faces the eighth seeded Ygor Coelho de Oliveira of Brazil, who is currently ranked 62nd and is 42 places below the Indian in the BWF rankings. Can Ajay keep on winning?