THOMAS Cuppers Hoon Thien Ho-Tan Wee Kiong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari advanced into the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open grand prix gold in Bangkok yesterday.
Thien How-Wee Kiong, part of the Malaysian squad which competed in the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan last month, defeated Huang Po Jui-Liao Min Chun of Taiwan 22-20, 21-16 in the second round. They will take on Yoshiteru Hirobe-Kenta Kazuno of Japan in the last eight today.
Zakry-Fairuz beat compatriots Low Juan Shen-Tan Yip Jiun 21-14, 12-21, 25-23 and will meet Kang Ji Wook-Lee Sang Joon of South Korea, who defeated another Malaysian pair Tan Wee Gieen-Calvin Ong 24-22, 13-21, 21-12, in the last eight.
Also through to the quarter-finals are mixed doubles Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo, who overcame Terry Yeo-Dellis Yuliana of Singapore 21-17, 10-21, 21-18, but face a difficult task against top seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark next.
Malaysia Open grand prix gold finalists Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han crashed out in the second round when they lost 21-16 21-16 to Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Muhammad Ullinuha of Indonesia.
Women's doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui also suffered a shock 21-15, 21-13 defeat to Thailand's Lam Narissapat-Saralee Thungthongkam in the second round.
Malaysia's campaign in the men's singles also ended in the third round.
Veteran Wong Choong Hann let slip a 16-8 lead in the deciding game to suffer a 13-21, 21-18, 22-20 defeat to Sai Praneet of India while Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia ousted Arif Latif 20-22, 21-19, 21-15 in 74 minutes.
Newcomer Chen Yeukun of China downed Goh Soon Huat 21-19, 16-21, 21-10 while India's Sameer Verma secured a 21-18, 21-18 win over Soo Teck Zhi.