The World number 22 and fourth seed Jayaram could not match the intensity of his rival and lost 10-21, 14-21 in 33 minutes at Los Angeles Badminton Club.

The 28-year-old Indian could not step up his game against the Japanese, who led 4-2 at the start and then broke off at 6-6 and never looked back. From 8-7, Tsuneyama reeled off 10 straight points to create a huge gap, which Jayaram could not bridge.

In the second game, Jayaram put up a better show and opened up a slender 3-1 led early on but the Japanese started to make life difficult for the Indian. The duo fought till 14-14 when Tsuneyama sealed the issue in his favour with seven points straight.

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