LEE Chong Wei hardly raised a sweat as he stormed into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open grand prix gold in Johor Baru yesterday.
Chong Wei, seeking his fourth consecutive title in the tournament, secured an effortless 21-12, 21-13 win over Sai Praneet of India in the third round after beating Australian Michael Fowke of New Zealand in the second round.
National back-up player Chong Wei Feng also advanced in the absence of a top class field when he defeated compatriot Goh Soon Huat 22-24, 21-14, 21-11 and the former's reward is a quarter-final encounter against Chong Wei today.
Malaysia are confirmed another player in the last eight as Hafiz Hashim was playing Misbun Ramdan Misbun in a late third round clash last night while Liew Daren was up against India's H.S. Prannoy.
World junior champions Nelson Jeg-Teo Ee Yi, who won the Dutch international challenge last month, advanced to the quarter-finals after beating compatriots Low Juan Shen-Tan Yip Jiun 21-13, 21-17.
They will meet professional pair Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari, who defeated Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Agripinna Rahmanto Putra of Indonesia 21-19, 21-16 in the last eight, today.
Top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were playing Terry Yeo-Liu Yi of Singapore in a late second round clash yesterday.
Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock and Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han were the other Malaysians who made the last eight.
RESULTS -- (Malaysia unless stated) Men's Singles 3rd rd: Lee Chong Wei bt Sai Praneet (Ind) 21-12, 21-13; Chong Wei Feng bt Goh Soon Huat 22-24, 21-14, 21-11;
2nd rd: Lee Chong Wei bt Michael Fowke (NZ) 21-7, 21-10; Chong Wei Feng bt Kento Momota (Jpn) 21-14, 18-21, 22-20; Goh Soon Huat bt Shesar Hiren Rustavito (Ina) 21-19, 21-16; Ashton Chen (Sin) bt Zulfadli Zulkifli 21-16, 19-21, 21-13; Misbun Ramdan Misbun bt Winson Neo 21-15, 21-16; Hafiz Hashim bt Lee Dong Keun (Kor) 21-18, 21-14; Liew Daren bt K. Srikanth (Ind) 18-21, 21-17, 21-8.
Doubles: Nelson Heg-Teo Ee Yi bt Low Juan Shen-Tan Yip Jiun 21-13, 21-17; Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari bt Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Akripina Rahmanto Putra (Ina) 21-19, 21-16; Gan Teik ChaiOng Soon Hock bt Chau Pak Chuu-Tan Bin Shen 21-19, 21-14; Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han bt Duong Bao Duc-Nguyen Hoang Nam (Vie) 21-14, 11-21, 21-16.
Women's Singles 2nd rd: Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Tee Jing Yi 21-17, 21-10.
Doubles 2nd rd: Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo bt Komala Dewi-Jenna Gozali (Ina) 21-18, 5-21, 21-13.
Mixed Doubles 2nd rd: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Igor Jenny-Irina Inzemceva (Sui-Rus) 21-11, 21-7; Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo bt Liu Yi-Thng Ting Ting (Sin) 21-8, 21-13; Razif Latif-Amelia Anscelly bt Alfian Eko Prasetyo-Gloria Widjaja (Ina) 21-19, 21-13.