Ajay Jayaram said that more than a year after recovering from a shoulder injury he played the finals of the Korean Open Super Series last week and the Indian shuttler said that it was a big moment for him after enduring a challenging seven-month layoff.
He entered the tournament as underdog Jayaram reached the finals but eventually lost to World number 1 Chen Long but was glad to realize of making the finals of the super series event. Jayaram was sidelined for six months nursing a shoulder injury sustained last year, he said it was not easy in the injury phase, but the rehab part was the most challenging. But to come after seven months and win my first Grand Prix Gold title at the Dutch Open was a huge thing for me. Jayaram also reached the semi-finals Malaysia and also final of Swiss Open. And now reaching the finals of the super series finals is my best performance. Now the challenge is to sustain the performance in the coming months as I play more super series.
Talking about Korean Open Super Series he said I lost to Victor Axslen in Japan Open. Jayaram defeated sixth seed Victor Axslen which pumped me and gave me the confidence to do well in the tournament. I had lost to Tien twice, but that win was also a confidence booster. So with each round I became more confident. He said that he needs to improve on some areas and there are lots of positives to take out of the match against Chen Long.
He is currently 32nd in the ranking and expected to make a big jump in the rankings issued on Thursday, but the Indian is not concerned about it and wants to focus on consistency.