Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin conjured up one of their biggest wins after they sent reigning Olympics champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin packing in straight games 21-15, 23-21 to move into the Indonesia Open men's doubles quarter-finals on Thursday.
Their 37-minute triumph was truly deserved, with the Malaysians showing great understanding with each other and striking at the right moments against their befallen Chinese Taipei opponents.
After dominating the first game, Goh-Izzuddin looked to have let the second game slip as they trailed 17-20 after gifting several easy points.
But the world number 19 pair rallied back force deuce, with Goh even managing a cheeky flicked serve that took Lee Yang by surprise on their way to the win.
Goh-Izzuddin should now fancy their chances against Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty when both pairs meet for a place in the semis.
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi also made the last eight, needing only 29 minutes to beat fellow countrymen Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 21-14, 21-17.
They next take on top seeds Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.
In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying extracted sweet revenge with a 21-9, 21-13 triumph over Germans Jones Ralfy Jansen-Linda Efler, who beat them at the Indonesia Masters.
Chan-Goh next play South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Eom Hye Won.
It was the end for Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah, who succumbed to a 21-14, 20-22, 17-21 loss against young Indonesians Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma-Amalia Cahaya Pratiwi.
Tan-Thinaah looked odds-on to win in straight games after forcing deuce in the second set, but after the Indonesians leveled, the latter were the more composed pair in the deciding game to see off the Malaysians.
“We should have won this match. We must remember the pain and disappointment from this loss to improve in the game.
“Our focus and stamina is still lacking, and we must buck up. I hope we will come back stronger next season,” said Tan after the loss.
The women’s doubles participation ended as Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen also lost 14-21, 15-21 to Bulgarian sisters Gabriela-Stefani Stoeva, while Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajonglai beat Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 24-26, 21-12, 21-11. .