Guangzhou, China: Ajay Jayaram provided a scintillating start to India's World Championships campaign here on Monday when the world number 24 stunned higher-ranked Wing Ki Wong of Hong Kong in the men's singles first round.
Jayaram, who had reached the pre-quarterfinals of the event's last edition in 2011, battled fatigue and lapse in concentration to get the better of Wong 22-20, 17-21, 21-15. He will take on Spain's Pablo Abian in the second round.
The 25-year-old from Mumbai, who had lost to Wong in their only earlier meeting in 2011, was first to get off the blocks and that helped him race to a handsome lead in the opening game. It looked he would pocket the game rather easily with four game points until Wong fought back to level scores before Jayaram regrouped and took the next two points and the game.