Chan and Tan have rarely played men’s doubles in recent years, and are more familiar as top mixed doubles players. The duo lost a close first game to their Scottish opponents and were on the brink of defeat in the second, but survived after saving four match points, before taking the match 18-21 25-23 21-15.
Scotland didn’t have much luck on the day. Grimley brothers Christopher and Matthew had earlier fallen to another Malaysian pair, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, in straight games. Other Scottish casualties included Callum Smith (to Toby Penty in men’s singles), Christopher Grimley/Eleanor O’Donnell (to Terry Hee/Tan Wei Han in mixed doubles), and Julie Macpherson/Ciara Torrance (to Rachel Honderich/Kristen Tsai in women’s doubles).
However, Kirsty Gilmour and Adam Hall/Julie Macpherson expectedly won their matches in straight games, against Jessica Li (Isle of Man) and Friday Attama/Sharifah Wanyana (Uganda) respectively.
“It’s going to be fun playing in two quarterfinals. I just need to look which game is coming first and prepare my mindset for the interesting matches ahead,” said Chen.
♦ Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias won both his matches in straight games – with Thilini Hendahewa in mixed doubles and Buwaneka Goonethilleka in men’s doubles.
♦ Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei received a walkover from Barbados’ Tamisha Williams.