KUALA LUMPUR: National women’s shuttler Soniia Cheah reached the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok after knocking out He Bing Jiao of China in straight games.
Soniia, who is currently world ranked 32, won in straight sets 21-15, 21-12.
However the 26-year-old is set to face tough competition in the last eight against tournament top seed and world No 4 Chen Yu Fei of China, who defeated Kim Ga-eun of South Korea 21-10, 21-16.
Soniia has lost all of her four meetings to Chen.
Also advancing into the quarterfinals was national men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia who beat Tommy Sugiarto 21-14, 12-21, 21-8.
He faces Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia, who caused a major upset by knocking out five-time world champion Lin Dan of China 12-21, 21-15, 21-10.
Professional men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong also marched into the quarterfinals by defeating world No 6 pairing Han Cheng Kai-Zhou Hao Dong of China 19-21, 21-16, 21-18.
Goh-Tan will be facing another Chinese pair, Li Jun Hui-Liu Yu Chen who defeated Lu Ching Yao-Yang Po Han of Taiwan 21-17, 11-21, 21-11.
Two national men’s doubles pair crashed out of the tournament.
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi failed to ride on their momentum losing 21-8, 21-17 to South Koreans Ko Sung Hyun-Shin Baek Cheol.
Ong-Teo, ranked 22nd, upset ‘The Daddies’, Mohamad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 18-21, 21-16, 23-21 in the first round yesterday.
The other national pair, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik were also shown the door after going down 22-20, 21-17 to China’s Huang Kai Xiang and Liu Cheng.