Ng Tze Yong turned in another sensational performance to move into the Hong Kong Open quarter-finals, while Lee Zii Jia suffered yet another early exit.
Ng put in a confident performance to beat Kanta Tsuneyama 21-12, 21-11 in 41 minutes.
The rising star should be optimistic of ending his last eight jinx when he takes on Denmark’s Magnus Johannesen on Friday.
Lee, meanwhile, was left with a sour taste in his mouth after 21-19, 17-21, 20-22 defeat against Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia-hao and suffered his 12th early exit of the season.
The world number 16 edged a close first game, left it too late to make a comeback in the second and couldn’t find the composure to seal the decider despite saving two match points.
As it stands, Ng is heading to the Paris Olympics as Malaysia’s sole men’s singles shuttler as he is one rung higher (19th) than Lee in the Olympics qualifiers.
Goh Jin Wei made the last eight after her opponent Ratchanok Intanon conceded a walkover, and she will be hoping to use all the reserved energy against sixth seed Han Yue.
In the men’s doubles, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin won in straight games for a meeting against reigning Olympic champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin.
The mixed doubles saw Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai receive some much needed joy courtesy of their straight-game victory which pits them against Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas Mentari.
Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah were also through after an easy 21-7, 21-10 triumph over Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing, but they are expected to have a tougher assignment against Thai pair Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajonglai on Friday.
It was the end of Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, and Leong Jun Hao, who lost in straight games while Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei crashed out in three.
Good luck to Pearly/Thinaah and Sze Fei/Izzuddin on Court 1, as well as Tze Yong, Jin Wei and Soon Huat/Shevon on the other courts! ?— Stadium Astro ?? (@stadiumastro) September 14, 2023
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