India's Ajay Jayaram on Thursday entered the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open Super Series with a hard-fought victory over Denmark's Viktor Axelsen in a men's singles match at the prestigious event.

The unseeded Jayaram stunned Axelsen, seeded fourth, 9-21 21-14 21-19 in a match that lasted 44 minutes at the Stadium Perpaduan.

Jayaram will next clash with fifth seeded Son Wan Ho of South Korea.

Source: b'PTI'

After going down tamely in the opening game, Jayaram got his act together to take an early lead in the second game and jump to 8-3.

He continued to maintain his lead until the Danish caught up with him at 11-11. But the lad from Chennai managed to break away at 12-12, reeling off six straight points to make it 18-12. He eventually sealed it 21-14 to take the match to the decider.

Despite starting off well in the third game and having a slight edge till the break, Jayaram conceded the advantage. And what followed was a neck-and-neck battle from 12-12 to 18-18.

However, the Indian managed to hold on to his nerves to earn two quick points and move up to 20-18 before wrapping up the game in style at 21-19, and with it the match.