Jayaram finishes runner-up at Belgian International Challenge

India’s Ajay Jayaram finished runner-up at the Belgian International Challenge after going down in straight games to Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong in the men’s singles final here on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Indian, a former world no 13, lost 14-21, 14-21 to the 21-year-old Ng Tze Yong, who is ranked 74 in the world, in the summit clash of the four-day tournament.

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On way to the finals, fifth seed Jayaram, who is currently ranked 63, had defeated Kim Bruun of Denmark and Japan’s Hashiru Shimono in semifinals and quarter-finals respectively on Friday.

Among other Indians in the fray, Subhankar Dey and Aakarshi Kashyap had lost in the quarter-final stage.

While Subhankar lost 15-21 21-8 15-21 to Yusuke Onodera of Japan, Aakarshi went down 12-21 11-21 to Japan’s Riko Gunji in the women’s singles.

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