It was almost a perfect second round for the national contingent at the Swiss Open, who all progressed to the last eight of the Super 300 event with the exception of men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong who lost.
The third seeds were not only overwhelming favourites to beat Germans Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel but also expected to go the distance in the absence of some of the world’s top pairs.
But as fate would have it, Goh-Tan lost in straight sets 19-21, 19-21 to exit the tournament, derailing the world number 11 pair in their quest to reach their true potential before the Tokyo Olympics.
That setback apart, the rest all progressed fairly comfortably, with most winning their matches in straight games.
Lee Zii Jia beat Victor Svendsen 21-15, 21-11 and will face India’s B. Sai Praneeth in the quarter-finals.
In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will face Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen-Alexander Boje after they overcame Ronan Labar-Anne Tran 21-12, 21-16.
Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai were also victorious and play French pair Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue next, while Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing have set up a clash against India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa.
The women’s doubles second seeds Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean picked apart Germany’s Linda Efler-Isabel Herttrich 21-18, 21-17 to face Canadians Rachel Honderich-Kristen Tsai next.
Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah also did not break too much sweat against their Russian opponents and will play Denmark’s Amalie Magelund-Freja Ravn.
If both Malaysians win their ties, they will face each other in the semis.
The other two pairs in the men’s doubles also progressed.
Top seeds Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik were given a walkover and will take on promising Indonesians Leo Rolly-Daniel Marthin, while young pair Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong play Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Rasmussen.
Low-Ng should fancy their chances, especially they overcame fourth seeds Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge 10-21, 21-15, 21-15.
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi beat Joel Eipe-Rasmus Kjaer 21-18, 21-13 to play India’s Satwiksairaj-Chirag Shetty next.