Malaysia's second ranked mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing achieved a major breakthrough by reaching their first superseries quarter-finals when they made the last eight at the OUE Singapore Open on Thursday night.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing swept to a 21-17, 21-13 2 win over Hong Kong's Tam Chun Hei-Ng Tsz Yau in 37 minutes and will face fourth seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark for a place in the last four.
The Danish pair beat Taiwan's Lee Yang-Hsu Ya Ching 21-15, 21-19 to advance.
"This is the first time we have reached the quarter-finals in a superseries event. It is a big achievement for us. Hope we can carry the momentum in the quarter-finals," said Kian Meng after the win.
There was more cheer when the men's doubles pair of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong also made the quarter-finals after the completion of the second round matches.
After a disappointing first round exit in the Malaysia Open in Kuching last week V Shem-Wee Kiong, seeded second in Singapore, defeated the scratch Indonesia-Malaysia combination of Hendra Setiawan and Tan Boon Heong 21-19, 21-18 in 33 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang.
For a place in the last four V Shem-Wee Kiong will play Indonesia's Berry Angriawan-Hardianto Hardianto who beat Taiwan's Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han 21-19, 21-16.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, who ended last season as world No 1 but have now slipped to No 4. put up a much improved performance in Singapore after a shock first round defeat at the hands of Hong Kong's Or Chin Chung-Tang Chun Man in last week's Malaysia Open.
They were favourites and top seeds in this year's All-England but failed to get past the quarter-finals - losing to China's Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen. In the India Open two weeks ago the Malaysians again lost to the world No 1 at the same stage.
Malaysia's campaign in the men's singles came to an end when independent Zulfadli Zulkifli was beaten 21-16, 21-10 by Hong Kong's Vincent Wong Wing Ki in 35 minutes.
SELECTED RESULTS (SECOND ROUND)
Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) beat Zulfasdli Zulkifli (Mas) 21-16, 21-10
B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) beat Qiao Bin (Chn) 21-15, 21-23, 21-16
Jonatan Christie (Ina) beat Son Wan-ho (KOr) 21-15, 21-14
Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) beat Hu Yun (Hkg) 21-17, 23-21
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Hendra Setiawan-Tan Boon Heong (Ina/Mas) 21-19, 21-18
Lee Jhe-huei-Lee Yang (Tpe) beat Lukhi Apri Nugroho-Tedi Supriadi (Ina) 21-12, 21-15
Berry Angriawan-Hardianto Hardianto (INa) beat Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe_ 21-19, 21-16
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) 22-20, 18-21, 21-16
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) beat Takuro Hoki-Yuko Kobayashi (Jpn) 21-12, 21-15
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) beat Tam Chun Hei-Ng Tsz Yau (Hkg) 21-17, 21-13
Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) beat Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung (Kor) 21-14, 12-21, 21-10
Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) beat Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggriani (Ina) 21-11, 26-28, 21-14