KUALA LUMPUR: It was a bad day at the office for top women’s pair Pearly Tan and M Thinaah, and men’s singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong, as they bowed out of the China Open in the second round today in Changzhou.
The unseeded Pearly-Thinaah lost to the fifth seeds from Japan, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, after going down 16-21, 16-21 in 47 minutes at the Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium.
Tze Yong won the opening game against Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-18 before the Indonesian staged a comeback by taking the next two 21-11, 22-20 to check into the quarter-finals.
Things were much better for the mixed doubles pairs as Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei, as well as Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing, sailed into the last eight.
Tang Jie-Ee Wei survived a rubber game thriller to stun the sixth seeds from South Korea, Kim Won-ho and Jeong Na-eun, 21-15, 15-21, 21-18.
The unseeded duo will take on Ye Hong Wei and Lee Chia Sin tomorrow after the unseeded Taiwanese pair pulled off a sensational 21-18, 21-19 win over home pair and third seeds, Feng Yan Zhe and Huang Dong Ping.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing clawed back from a game down to see off Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti 18-21, 21-19, 21-12.
The professional pair will next play the fourth seeds from Thailand, Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, who disposed of Indonesian pair Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari 21-16, 21-13.