Jayaram: Long outplayed me

Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram admitted that he was disappointed to have lost 14-21, 13-21 to world number one Chen Long in the final of the Korean Open on Sunday. 

While Jayaram conceded that Long had been too much for him to handle, he believes the match could have been a lot closer had he not wasted numerous opportunities to win valuable points. 

"I knew it was going to be hard going into the finals," he told IANS. "I started well by mixing my attack from the back and the net. But he got back more shuttles than I expected. So I found it difficult to sustain the pressure.

"I did have a couple of chances which I felt I couldn't capitalise on. All credit to Chen Long. He played a percentage game and didn't falter much. I am definitely a little disappointed that I couldn't go all the way."

However, Jayaram said that he can take a lot positives away from the tournament as he did upset world number seven Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-19, 21-15 in the semi-finals. 

"It has still been a wonderful week for me," he said. "Got some good wins against top players and this is a much needed confidence boost for me. I will be competing next in the European circuit in October."

Jayaram will be in action on the European circuit next month, and the 27-year-old plans to iron out a few creases in his game so that he can continue his positive run of form. 

"I hope to get a few good weeks of training and do well there," he said. "I do have a few areas I need to further improve. Hope to come back stronger."

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