HO CHI MINH CITY, Aug 11: India�s Ajay Jayaram stood a step away from his first title of the season as he made it to the finals of the Vietnam Open after defeating Japan�s Yu Igarashi in straight games here today.
The 30-year-old Indian, who is making a comeback after recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered last year, saw off seventh seed Igarashi 21-14, 21-19 in a 34-minute match.
Jayaram, who had reached the finals at White Nights last month, will face Indonesia�s World No. 79 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in the finals of the USD 75,000 BWF Tour Super 100 tournament. Shesar, who had won four consecutive Indonesia International tournament, outwitted India�s Mithun Manjunath 21-17, 19-21, 21-14 in a match that lasted 59 minutes here.
This is the third time in as many weeks that an Indian will be fighting for a title in a badminton event.
Last Sunday, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu had settled for a silver medal after losing to Spain�s Carolina Marin in the summit clash at Nanjing, China.
After the break, Jayaram jumped to a 15-8 lead by reeling off five straight points. Igarashi tried to make a comeback but the Indian continued to march ahead to pocket the first game. � PTI