PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles shuttlers are on fire in the Singapore Open when three pairs made it to the quarter-finals.
Hoo Pang Ron-Toh Ee Wei pulled off the biggest win when they upstaged eighth seeds Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje of Denmark 21-11, 21-19 in just 38 minutes to set up a meeting against Guo Xinwa-Zhang Shuxian of China.
It was also a good day as Chen Tang Jie-Valeree Siow and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie cleared their second round matches.
Tang Jie-Valeree defeated Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Ng Tsz Yau of Hong Kong 21-13, 21-7 while Soon Huat-Shevon fought hard to beat Rinoy Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas 10-21, 21-18, 21-10.
In the last eight match-ups on Friday, Tang Jie-Valeree have a challenging task against top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand while the 2018 Singapore Open champions Soon Huat-Shevon also have a tough job against fourth seeds Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong.
Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See as expected went down 19-21, 14-21 to third seeds Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China.
In the men's singles, world No. 47 Ng Tze Yong kept the national flag flying when he marched into the quarter-finals with another upset win. This time, he defeated world No. 15 Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong 21-15, 21-13 to set up a meeting with Anthony Ginting of Indonesia for a place in the last four.
It was all over for the men doubles shuttlers - Mohd Haikal Nazrin-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi, Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani in the second round.
Independent shuttlers Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien also crashed out, losing 18-21, 11-21 to Sayaka Hobara-Hinata Suzuki of Japan in the women's doubles second round.