Following his early exit from the India Open,World No.27 Ajay Jayaram was at his Mumbai home when he got to know that a walkover had seen Parupalli Kashyap enter the semi-final. Chinas Chen Jins pull out due to wrist injury also meant Kashyap,ranked 30,had beaten Jayaram in the race for Olympics.
When the rankings are updated on Thursday,the deadline for Olympics qualification,Kashyap would have leap-frogged over Jayaram to become Indias only representative at the London Olympics in mens singles. Kashyap will now play the Korean Wan Ho Shon in the semifinal on Saturday.
This is not the way Ajay would have liked this to end. I dont know what to say. But after the Commonwealth Games,my aim was to play in the Olympics and I am happy that I will be in London. Of course,I would have loved to beat Chen Jin and qualify, Kashyap said.
Long road to success
Kashyaps road to London had become tougher when he suffered an injury after the first round of the India Open Grand Prix in December. He couldnt play in Korea and Malaysia and was overtaken by Jayaram,who notched up consistent results. In the final leg of the Olympic qualifying period,Jayaram and Kashyap travelled together and shared rooms as they travelled around the world to gain vital points.
I tried my best to make it to the Olympics but I guess it was hard luck. If I had performed better I could have been at London. I wont play at the Olympics,but I want to break into the top-10, Jayaram said over phone after the walkover.