India’s No.2 looks to break into World top-15
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Ajay Jayaram has had enough of 2012 — a year in which he narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Olympics, and is eagerly waiting for 2013, a season where he will look to rewrite the script in a fresh season. India's No 2 wants to shrug off that tag and aim for the top spot. Excerpts:
How would you rate this year in terms of performance?
This year has had a lot of ups and downs. Some bitter disappointments along the way. But some nice victories as well. Although I've played some good matches, I'm not entirely satisfied with the consistency with which I've played.
What were the high-points?
The high points would be the semifinals at the China Masters, my wins over Kenichi Tago, Wang Zheng Ming, twice extending the world no. 1, Lee Chong Wei to 3 sets, and a year ending super series rank of 11.
What were the low points?
The low points would be missing out on the Olympics and on the Superseries finals by a whisker.
What were the significant changes in your game over this period?
Can't say I've been entirely successful, but I have brought in a little more variation in my attack.
Did injuries play a part in the ups and downs?
I twisted my ankle in the first week of the year and that kind of ruined the first few months of the year. But since then thankfully I haven't had too many problems.
How did you deal with the disappointment of missing out on the Olympics?
It was tough, very tough. But I would say I handled it quite well. I gave no room for sympathy and just kept working as hard as I could and string some good results to get over it.
Which were the important matches in terms of playing against higher ranked players?
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