Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram failed to clinch his third straight title at the Dutch Open badminton tournament as he went down fighting in the final on Sunday.
Top-seeded Jayaram lost 10-21, 21-17, 18-21 to second seed Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei in a close contest that lasted 55 minutes.
Jayaram had won the title of Dutch Open tournament in 2014 and 2015.
Jayaram made a poor start and he trailed throughout the first game and the closest he was to his opponent was when the score was 10-5 in favour of Wang.
The second game was a closely-fought affair and the two players were tied 9-9 but from there Jayaram nosed ahead and led till he took it 21-17.
In the decider, Jayaram trailed all through out and played catch-up, even though the difference in points was not big.
Towards the end, Jayaram clawed his way back and the scoreline was 18-17 in favour of the Wang but the Chinese Taipei player held his nerves to wrap up the match.