Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei’s memorable run at the Badminton Asia Championships continued, as they beat Tang Jinhua/Huang Yaqiong for a place in the Women’s Doubles quarter-finals today.
The Malaysians (featured image), who upset No.7 seeds Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the first round yesterday, overcame the loss of the opening game against the higher-rated Chinese and walked away victors at 16-21 21-14 21-16.
They face top seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, who beat Korea’s Chae Yoo Jung/Kim So Yeong 21-14 21-15.
All England champions Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee also moved into the quarter-finals, where they face China’s Luo Ying/Luo Yu.
Women’s Singles qualifier Lee Jang Mi continued to make waves, as she achieved her second big upset. Lee, who beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara yesterday, got the better of No.5 seed Sun Yu 21-16 11-21 21-19.
Third seed Sung Ji Hyun (Korea) fell by the wayside, 21-16 21-18, to Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol.
Three top Chinese contenders moved into the Men’s Singles quarter-finals. Lin Dan, Chen Long and Shi Yuqi booked their places with straight games victories, as did top seed Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia).
India’s Ajay Jayaram, who upset No.5 seed Tian Houwei yesterday, was ousted by Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao 21-19 21-10.
In Men’s Doubles, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Lin/Wang Chi-Lin held off Japan’s Yuta Watanabe/Hiroyuki Endo 21-19 21-17 and will take on China’s Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen. Rio Olympic gold medallists Zhang Nan and Fu Haifeng – back together for the first time since August last year – also entered the quarter-finals with a comfortable victory.