Lee Zii Jia led the national contingent’s progress into the Indonesia Masters quarter-finals after another consecutive straight-game victory, with Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah also impressive in their hard-earned victory.
Lee came into this match with an unbeaten record that stretched back to the Badminton Asia Championships in April.
The victory for the world number five was never in doubt as he took on Mark Caljouw whom he beat at the 2021 All England on his way to the title.
This time, Lee only needed 37 minutes to dispose of the Dutchman 21-17, 21-14.
Tan-Thinaah were the other big performers on Thursday, with the sixth seeds battling for 91 minutes before they saw off Baek Ha-na-Lee Yu-lim 21-23, 21-17, 21-15.
“We’re really happy with today’s win. We will keep going and keep our focus!,” Thinaah took to social media to celebrate the win.
The Malaysians next face fourth seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajonglai on Friday.
Men's doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin also showed plenty of mettle as they overcame Indonesia’s Leo Carnando-Daniel Marthin 27-25, 21-14 and Sabar Karyaman Gutama-Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani 23-21, 17-21, 21-9 respectively.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Malaysians’ respective runs dissipated at the Istora Senayan Stadium on Thursday.
Hoo Pang Ron-Toh Ee Wei lost in three games against Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet, while Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien lost in two against Apriyani Rahayu-Siti Fadila.
Lastly, Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See had to concede a walkover against Seo Seung Jae-Chae Yu Jung.