Fourth seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying reached the mixed doubles quarter-finals in the Denmark Open in Odense after coming through a three-game 26-24, 13-21, 21-11 win over India’s Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N. Sikki Reddy in the second round on Thursday.
The world No 6 will play the winners of fifth seeds Seo Seung Jae-Chae Yujung of Korea and Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung (Hong Kong) second-round tie.
The Malaysian professionals saved the day for Malaysia and are the only Malaysians left in the USD775,000 World Tour event when the men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and women’s doubles Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean fell in the second round.
Other mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie also crashed out – going down 15-21, 20-22 to eighth seeds Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong China in 34 minutes.
All-England champions Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, the number two seeds from Indonesia maintained their supremacy over Aaron-Wooi Yik. In a repeat of the All-England final, the Indonesians dumped the Malaysians 22-20, 21-16 in only 27 minutes.
Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand packed off Mei Kuan-Meng Yean 21-12, 24-22.
It has been a disastrous outing for the Malaysian shuttlers in Odense. Men’s singles hope Lee Zii Jia failed to get past China’s Olympic champion Chen Long who won his first-round match 21- 18, 15-21, 21-16.
Other first-round casualties included Tan Kian Meng-Lei Pei Jing (mixed doubles), Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen (women’s doubles), Soniia Cheah (women’s singles). RIZAL ABDULLAH