Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah conjured another dominant display to check into the Indonesia Masters quarter-finals on Thursday, with three of their national men’s doubles’ counterparts joining them after straight-game victories.
The Malaysian pair needed only 29 minutes to beat Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani-Yulia Yosephine 21-8, 21-14.
The victory was a true reflection of their dominance, as they executed their gameplan in fine fashion by being patient in long rallies, and choosing to strike at the right moments.
The world number 18 pair next go on to face either South Korea’s Baek Ha-Na-Lee Yu-Rim or Japan’s Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida.
Malaysia saw three men's doubles pairs into the last eight as Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik made it through comfortably.
Goh-Izzuddin overcame Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana 21-18, 22-20, while Ong-Teo also overcame another young Indonesian pair in Sabar Karyaman Gutama-Moh Reza Pahlevi 21-17, 21-12.
Both the Malaysian pairs now face off against each other for a place in the semis.
Chia-Soh powered through after a 21-12, 21-8 win over Panjer Ali-Bryan Sidney and could potentially face Tokyo Olympics champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin in the next round.
In the mixed doubles, Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See also had no issues overcoming German duo Jones Ralfy Jansen-Linda Efler 21-14, 21-19 in 40 minutes.
They next play top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai, who beat Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei 21-17, 16-21, 21-17.
It was also the end of the road for new couple Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai, who gave it their all but lost 21-15, 7-21, 20-22 to Hong Kong’s Tan Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet for the fifth time.
Lai-Goh recently announced their romance on their Facebook page.
“We had been focusing on our careers, and were hesitating either to share or keep our relationship from the public, as we barely imagined how it would be once our relationship was magnified.
“But we received a lot of warm wishes and comments from all of you and it made us warm. We will continue to stay focused on our careers,” they said.